FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4
“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.’”
John 20:21 (ESV)
SHARE THE LIGHT
The musical, “Jelly’s Last Jam” is about Jelly Roll Moreton, the founder of Jazz music. Apparently Jelly invented Jazz through listening to African-American songs of his youth. Yet Jelly tried to distance himself from his black heritage and instead identified himself as a French Creole. And so the musical goes that Jazz was God’s gift to the world, but Jelly came to think that God’s gift was him! He confused the message with the messenger.
In John 20, before Jesus ascended to heaven, He gave His disciples the mission to go and be a light to the world just like He is the Light of the world. In John 1:6-8, John was given the same task of being a witness or messenger of light. John wasn’t the message. He was just sharing the message. A witness is not someone who tells something he thinks, but something he knows. John was a witness of the fact that Jesus Christ was the true Light of the world. It was John’s task to expose the world to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Christians are messengers; we ourselves are not the message. People don’t come to church to see us, to hear us sing, to watch us lead worship, or to hear us preach. They come, as they should, to see Jesus. Let us never forget, like John, we are messengers, not the message. As kids we learned to sing, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” Then we would shout, “Hide it under a bushel, NO! I’m going to let it shine.” Where can you do a better job letting your light shine this holiday season?
“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works, and give glory to your Father in heaven.”