“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There was a man sent from God… This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.”
John 1:1, 4-7, 9 NKJV
There is something sweet in the simple serenity of the sun. Its light stretches out into the world, touching everything it can. Its brightness shouts joy during the day as we move around it. It whispers “hello” in the still, grayish-blue morning sky. And it laughs “sweet dreams” in peachy colors of coral and fuchsia.
No matter how extraordinary the sun is, it doesn’t boast; it doesn’t fight to be the next big thing. It doesn’t use its talents to achieve status, and it never asks credit for providing us daylight. It simply is and simply does.
Each of us believe in a greater purpose. We set goals and dream dreams with the intention of fulfilling the promises of God. We desire for His light to shine brightly through us so we can make mighty waves for the kingdom. And, yet, we have it all wrong.
The path the Lord has made for each of us is lined with relationships. We’re born into them, live in them, and grow through them. We were built to cultivate community with those He has surrounded us with. And these relationships take time. It takes time to build trust between you and a friend. It requires attention to create a bond with a co-worker. It takes compassion to inspire the hearts of neighbors and strangers.
Many of us have fallen into the trap of believing that bearing witness to the Light means becoming a worship leader, missionary, minister, or pastor. We look toward becoming the next best spiritual leader the world has ever seen. If we can’t snap a photo or post about it, then we question if it was even worth it. Though we aren’t necessarily self-centered, the world has warped us to become destination-focused. We are convinced our calling is a destination that we work toward and will someday achieve.
But, God doesn’t work that way; He wants for us to be like the sun. His dream is that you’d stop desiring to be the next prophetic voice, and instead, long for a life of bearing a new witness. God has created us to be new creatures in new bodies with new voices that speak into the darkest places, in almost an effortless beauty. He wants for you and I to speak into the lives of the common friends, family, neighbors, and strangers in such a way that it lathers them in His love. It’s His breath we are breathing, and they should be breathing the same air.
One of the best words I have ever picked up from a pastor, was something that he had said to one of his employees. While he was in Bible school, he was the team leader of a packing company, and his team was the best workforce in the region. One day, one of his fellow schoolmates joined his team, and he was just awful. Infuriated, my pastor had harped on the guy. Day in and day out, the schoolmate did poorly. Suddenly, the schoolmate came to him, disappointed and ready to quit. My pastor angrily walked away upset, but then he quickly turned around, looked his schoolmate in the eye and said, “Do it as unto the Lord.” As time went by and his schoolmate stayed on the team, he became not only became one of the best packers in the region, but eventually started one of the largest Bible planting organizations in his home nation of Africa.
When you do the simplest of tasks as unto the Lord, you allow His Light to overpower your agenda, causing you to speak and breathe His Light. You apply your self-discipline and devotion to God, praising Him in the process. And your relationships flourish because of it. Look to be a witness of Light in all that you do today, and you will fulfill the promises of God.
Featured photo by: Michell Strizhius