We have a number of solar lights in our yard. It was quite fascinating over the winter to see some of them shine up out of the snow that surrounded them. Now that most of the snow has melted and the amount of daylight is increasing, they stay on longer after dark before they run out of the energy they received from the sun. Solar lights, of course are dependent on exposure to the sun as they have no light source of their own. On cloudy days they don’t receive much energy and may not come on at all or only for a brief time.
I can’t help but see the parallel in our spiritual lives. Our amount of “exposure” to the Son, who is “the Light of the World” (Jn. 8:12) determines how brightly we shine in the spiritual darkness of this world. The apostle John in his gospel, in referring to Jesus, God the “Son,” wrote: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend (overpower) it” (Jn. 1:4,5). Darkness cannot be driven out of the world (not yet anyway), but light can swallow it up. The reverse is never true. There is no such thing as darkness swallowing up light. Light is light and all the world’s darkness cannot extinguish it but must instead retreat before even the glow of a tiny candle.
John goes on to speak of the ministry of John the Baptist who introduced Jesus Christ (his second cousin) to the world. “There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John. He came for a witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through Him. He (John) was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light. There was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man” (Jn. 1:6-9).
You may recall the account in the Old Testament, when the Israelites had escaped from Egypt and were wandering in the wilderness, that “The LORD came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain, and the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up” (Ex. 19:20). There Moses spent 40 days with the LORD receiving the Law and commandments (twice!) for God’s people, Israel. When Moses came down from the mountain the second time, he “did not know that the skin of his face shone because of his speaking with Him (the LORD). So when Aaron and all the sons of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone and they were afraid to come near him” (Ex. 34:29, 30). So Moses, when speaking to the people, had to put a veil over his face. He was radiating “Son Light” from his time with God on the mountain top.
In the New Testament, we read an interesting observation made about the apostles Peter and John: “Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were marveling, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).
When we put our trust in Jesus Christ for eternal life, He comes to live in us through the Holy Spirit. Paul wrote: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and delivered Himself up for me” (Gal. 2:20). We have the “True Light” living within. As we abide in Him and His Word abides in us, people see His light shining through our life. The more time we spend with Him and in His Word, the brighter our light—”Son Light”—shines into the spiritual darkness around us. Jesus says, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden (You will be watched!). Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peckmeasure, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 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” (Mt. 5:14-16).
How bright is your light shining? The more time you are exposed to the Son, the more “Son Light” you will radiate to those around you.