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Shine the Light 4-21-2015

"Strengthen Your Brothers"

Shine the Light 4-21-2015

I am sure that quotes from Lone Survivor in Bible study or Christian commentary are few and far between. However, in the movie, Lt. Murphy and his crew are debating whether or not the decision to let the shepherds go and inevitably have their position made known is the correct one. Lt. Murphy ultimately says, “I think we let our love light shine.” As well, toward the end of the movie and right before Lt. Murphy’s death, he gives a final command to, “shine the light.” As I watch the movie, I see this as an instruction to do what is right and in essence live for him (Murphy). In Matthew 5:14, Jesus expands on this concept; 14“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” You are the light of the world.

So, the instruction is to let your light shine before men to glorify God. Where do you let your light shine? Where can you let your light shine? 2 Corinthians 4:6 states, “For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” God is saying that light replaces the darkness and the light that is shone in your heart opens your eyes so that you understand the glorious gospel about Christ. So, the light is eye opening for the believer and meant to be seen by others. So, as we think about how we shine the light or where we shine the light, perhaps we should think about our placement in life. Has God purposely placed you in a position to shine the light? Luke 11:33 tells us that we are placed, “so that those who enter may see the light.”

However, many will hide in the darkness to escape the exposing power of the light. John 3:19-21 reads, “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.” A great illustration can be found in Job 24 where it is discussed how “they” will go to great lengths to avoid the light and hide themselves from it. And Proverbs 20:27 digs even deeper, “The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, Searching all the innermost parts of his being.” For me, these scriptures promote examining your own heart. Am I any different? Do I avoid hard teachings? Do I change the station if things are going bad? Or do I claw out of the darkness in search of the light for restoration?

In closing, in John 12:46, Jesus said, “I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.” This is not just words in a book but a promise of life. Jesus is a light unto us meant to shine brightly. This light shines so bright that it brings to light all darkness within and makes itself visible to the world around it. It’s healing. It’s restorative. It’s eternal life.