“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:14-16, NKJV, emphasis mine).
A recent dream that I had took place at a park. In it, I had the briefest contact with a mother who came there to pick up her son. I saw that she also came to pick up a translation device that she needed because she spoke another language. The desire stirred in me to share Jesus with her, but she was already leaving. I tried to call after her, but it was too late. She was already gone. However, I then heard God talking to me in the dream. He told me that her brief, wordless encounter with me had already impacted her for His kingdom. He said that His light inside of me was at work in her, just from being briefly in my vicinity.
Two weeks later, I had another dream in which I was deeply desiring to share Jesus with a friend who doesn’t yet know Him. Again, Holy Spirit spoke into my spirit. Carried along by His anointing, I expressed out loud in the dream, “I should be able to hang out with her without being preachy. If there is an abundance of the Father’s presence in me, she will feel His love just by being with me. And that will be more than enough.”
Two dreams in two weeks. Double emphasis! So I believe Holy Spirit is wanting to emphasize this to us today. Notice that Matthew 5:14 doesn’t say “Try to be the light of the world.” You don’t have to try. You just are! You are the light of the world because Jesus, the Light of the world, lives inside of you. As our Scripture for today also tells us, it’s impossible for His light within you to be hidden. It shines out brilliantly in the darkness. I believe He wants you and me to become more aware of this reality:
“Jesus answered, ‘God’s kingdom is coming, but not in a way that you will be able to see with your eyes. People will not say, “Look, here it is!” or, “There it is!” because God’s kingdom is within you” (Luke 17:20-21, NCV).
His kingdom is inside of you. All the fullness of who King Jesus is… lives within you. Wherever you go, His kingdom goes. You may not be able to see it with your physical eyes. However, He wants to train you to see His kingdom reality flowing in and through you with your spiritual eyes.
He reminded me of this the other day when I was riding in a motocarro (our local taxi, as shown in the picture). He whispered, “You really do carry My kingdom wherever you go. You really can release My presence everywhere. Pray for this driver. Pray for this street.” So I did. And I know that the path through which I traveled was impacted for His kingdom, even though I couldn’t see it with my eyes.
One more thing about my two dreams. In the first, the woman I saw needed a translation device because she didn’t know the local language. That speaks to me of those around us needing someone to “translate God” for them. They haven’t yet learned His communication. That is why you and I are there in their lives. We don’t have to be preachy for them to see Him in us. They will know us by our love. As we emanate the love of Jesus in our actions, words, body language, and lifestyle, they will see Him. His light will shine on them, and it will go to work in their hearts.
Wherever you go today, practice looking with your spiritual eyes. Know that the light of the world within you is real, even more real than what you can see with your physical eyes. You really can release Jesus’ presence into the atmosphere around you. Ask Him to train you how to do that. He absolutely will!
Do you believe that you shine with His light, even when you are having a difficult day? Does the brightness of His shining through us depend on our feelings on any given day?