Transforming Light; Light of the World
Is the light transforming us? Maybe, a better question is: Are we controlling the light or the light controlling us? Whenever we think of “light,” our tendency is to think of smaller lights, such as a flashlight, a torch, a candle, or sources of light that we can manipulate. For most of us, we forget about the “greater lights” or sources of light that give life, such as the sun, the moon, and other heavenly objects. And these are the lights that we cannot control. Isaiah reminds us that the Servant of the Lord is the Light of the world, the source of salvation for everyone. (See, Isaiah 49:1-7) He mentions a prophecy in verse 6: “I will also make you a light for the gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6) The Light of the world is not just for a particular group, but for everyone. We often forget this “missional truth” and have a propensity to limit or control the light in Jesus.
Robert Mulholland reminds us that God is over all things, and we need to be always alone with God in solitude so that we will remember that He is in control. He states: “Solitude is simply being alone with God. In the classical Christian spiritual tradition, solitude is, in the silence of release, the beginning to face the deep inner dynamics of our being that make us that grasping, controlling, manipulative person; beginning to face our brokenness, our distortion, our darkness; and the beginning to offer ourselves to God at those points. Solitude is not simply drawing away from others and being alone with God. This is part of solitude. But more than this, it is being who we are with God and acknowledging who we are to ourselves and to God.” (Invitation To A Journey: A Road Map For Spiritual Formation. 1993:138).
Come to the “Light of the World,” our Lord Jesus, this Holy Week, and receive his life. (John 1:4) Give Jesus the space in your life so that His light will transform you into His image. In the language of the Apostle Paul, we are to have the same attitude which was in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5). Henri Nouwen suggests that “We have to fashion our own desert where we can withdraw everyday, shake off our compulsions, and dwell in the gentle healing presence of our Lord. Without such desert we will lose our own soul while preaching the gospel to others. But with such a spiritual abode, we will become increasingly conformed to him in whose Name we minister.” (The Way of the Heart: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers. 1981:30-31)
Is the Light of the world bringing transformation in your life today?