Ever been aboard a flight during the night? If there isn’t any cloud cover, you can easily tell when you are flying over a city or open land. Why? Because of the lights.
Ever been in a movie theater and someone starts messing with their cellphone? How do you know they are doing that? Because the light from their phone in the darkened room quickly alerts you to the fact.
Light has a way of easily calling attention to itself. Jesus has told us that we are the light of the world, a city that is set on the hill and cannot be hidden and therefore we are to let our lights shine (Matthew 5:14-16).
Ever notice how light doesn’t really fit in well with darkness? If it did, it really wouldn’t be light anymore or at least not a very good light. You wouldn’t want to use a flashlight that hardly produced light would you? Or watch a movie where you couldn’t make out what was happening on the screen because of the lack of light? Yet, we as Christians, who are called lights of the world (and the world is a darkened place), somehow feel the need to try and “fit in” and be like the world so the world will come to Christ. However, we cannot “fit in” if we are shining lights because our light exposes darkness and the world does not like that (John 3:19).
So do not worry about being mocked for your faith or ridiculed or judged. Jesus already promised it would happen (John 15:18-25 (and many other places). Live out your faith and let the light shine and don’t spend your time worrying how you can fit it so the “cool kids” will like you and want to hang around you. Love people like Jesus did, serve them like He did, but also know the world will hate you even in doing that because they hated him.
I will leave you with this 90 second clip that speaks perfectly to this thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZZqUonNIFs
This blog post comes from further thoughts of the sermon on John 15:12-27 titled “The Great Juxtaposition Paradox” which can be found by clicking here or simply visiting http://www.refugesanger.com/teachings. We are also on iTunes – search “Refuge Sanger” or “Pastor Mike Massey” to find our messages.