I’ve fallen into the trap of believing what other preachers, like me have preached: we’re called to reflect the light of God, so that the world can see Him.
Not true; we’re called to BE the light. Reflecting the light means I don’t become what God wants me to be but point to Him.
The best way for the world to see and glorify God is through being the light not playing a reflector.
We are partakers with Jesus (2 Peter 1:3-15) not mere reflectors.
Being mere reflectors, as I and others have ‘preached’, makes us focus only on doing. Being the light forces us to also focus on what we’re becoming. It is not enough to talk about God or His work in our lives, but rather to epitomize it. To make it, to borrow from John, flesh. Tangible. Visible.
By being the light, the world will see and glorify God by how I live. By who I am and become as I follow Christ.
I’ve been caught in that trap. Trying to be a reflector instead of the embodiment. Yet, I must be the picture for the world to see, if I do it right they world will know I could never be what I am or do what I do of myself, but only through God.
I’ve been made to, and made others, believe that we are called to be reflectors. No we’re called to be the light.
Jesus said we are the light of the world, NOT reflectors of the light [Click to Tweet]