Light - phos
The Greek word φῶς phōs is translated in Matthew 5:14-16, Mark 4:21-23, and Luke 11:33-36 as light. It is interesting to note that all three gospel writers include an almost identical teaching from Jesus. Matthew puts the teaching in his Sermon on the Mount, giving it considerable importance, but it seemed necessary for them all to include it.
The word in these passages is meaning light coming from a lamp, torch, or lantern. The term can also refer to just the light itself coming from any light source like the sun or moon. Additionally, light can be used in contrast with darkness. Luke goes on to make the comparison of light and darkness. He seems to say that light is holiness and darkness is sin when he adds in an additional paragraph to his telling of the lamp starting in 11:34ff. All three of these images give us powerful parallels to the Christian life.
If we want to be a light that shines, then we must start as a source for God. We need to have a core that is strong and powered from within so we can bear witness to God's work in our life. People should see our life and know that something inside of us gives us strength.
Illuminated by Light
When Christ shines upon us, we show less of us and more of him. Every day, we wake up and ask God how we can become more like him so his light can radiate down upon us. We see our life through his eyes, not our own.
Light against the Darkness
In our world, sin is all around us. We live in a place that is ruled by the evil one even though we are members of God's kingdom. But, we carry God with us. We can be the beacon of light and push out the darkness wherever we go. We can also help others remove the darkness from their own lives.
Things to Think About:
- Does God power your core? Could it be stronger?
- Does Christ shine upon your everyday?
- What could be tempting us to unholiness?
- How do we guard ourselves against sin in our lives?