Shining a Light on Perspective


The sun is setting under the ever-expanding clouds. Heaters and fluorescents come to life with the incoming darkness. A pre-lit Christmas tree transforms my little living room from one color to another every few seconds. The warm glow of the porch light snaps on with the rest of the neighborhood; the cool tones of tech screens illuminate my face. My roommate reaches under the nearby lampshade and the room is transformed yet again.

Last week, Andi wrote about the light of Christ. She beautifully weaved in different elements of light from the Bible to illustrate the task we have been given to illuminate the world for His glory. Check it out here!

This is what we seek here at GLOW — to “live as light” in this world. It seems like a very appropriate time to be discussing our ability to glow in the dark, whether contemplating current events around the world, gearing up to do some annual service projects or mentally preparing ourselves to spend the holidays with difficult family members. The light that we shine is crucial. Just as the winter nights grow darker and longer, so this world will grow darker — we are to be the light!

Sitting in my living room during these blustery (for Southern California) evenings, I am enveloped in various sources of light — light is coming at me from various directions. Do I choose scroll through social media? Does the sparkling tree lull me into curling up to watch a Christmas movie? Does the lamp allow me to spend quality time with my roommate?

Different light sources influence our perspective. Warm, cool, bright, dim, secular, Godly, selfish, wise. We are to be the light, but do we receive that light from the Lord 100 percent of the time? There are many “lights” competing for our attention in this world.

For myself, having the last word in an argument can sometimes seem like a good way to “glow” that Christian light to others. But if this is how I am a light, I am not glowing with the light of Christ, but rather the light of religion and selfishness.

It is only through Christ’s light that we are able to see His perspective on all things. I have found His perspective shows me how petty or sidetracked I have become.

Jesus’ light changes our perspective in diverse ways:

By teaching us to claim our transformation as His handiwork

1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

Through the power of His Word

Psalm 119:105, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

By dispelling any fear, including fear of recent violence around the world

Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my light and salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Through teaching us to live as He did

Philippians 2:14-15, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”

By filling us with joy at His presence

Matthew 2:10-11, “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him.”

As we seek His light and as we be His light this holiday season and this coming new year, may our light source be the one, true God.