One of my favorite Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes is, “The time is always right to do the right thing.” As people who follow Jesus step out to do the right thing, no matter how small it is, they’ll shine like bright lights in a dark world.
It’s amazing to me how at Christmas time, the smallest lights on a tree can light up a whole room. How a street brightens up with the thousands of tiny multi-colored and white lights hanging from houses and trees. For the most part, as we drive around to look at Christmas lights this Christmas season, we won’t see any huge, generator-powered spotlights, but the cumulative effect of thousands of tiny bright lights, shimmering forth to bring a sense of hope into the darkness of the world. Maybe this is over-spiritualizing it, but I think when people are driving around looking at Christmas lights, it really points to a deeper longing within all of us to experience the light of Christ.
You and I, and our every day small but right actions, will shine like bright lights in this dark world. Every time we tell the truth. Every time we stand up for injustice. Every time we reach out to help someone in need. Every time we choose to love our enemies. Every time we choose to forgive, or not cheat, or serve. Every time we choose to share who Jesus is. A few of us might start nonprofits and organizations that seek to bring Christ’s redemption to the biggest challenges our world faces - I’m rooting for you! Some may take the Gospel to an unreached people group somewhere on the other side of the world - I’ll help you go! But many of us will simply be Jesus kind of people, strangely weird, uncommonly kind, with a powerful message, right where we are. And our collective actions will point to the reality that there is a better Kingdom with a Good King.
Is there a right thing you need to do right now? How can you shine like a bright light right where you are?