Yet, the Light creates change within before He alters the world without. He provided purification from sin on the cross and gave us the right to participate in His appeal to others.
Years ago I was reading the words of an old hymn titled, “Let the Lower Lights be Burning.” I didn’t know the meaning of the term “lower lights”, but the context of the song seemed to indicate it had something to do with sea passage. I contacted a friend who used to command ocean-going ships and asked him if he could “enlighten” me. He told me the “lower lights” were smaller lights that lined the shore of a harbor. The lighthouse helped ships find their way to the harbor, but the “lower lights” kept them in the channel and away from dangerous shoals and rocks. Of course this was before the days of channel markers with flashing electric lights.
We are God’s “lower lights” and the Lord Jesus is the Lighthouse. He draws the world to Himself and we, who have been changed, create an environment where it is easier to see our Savior. Jesus told us, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men,that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
The Light guides, reveals and powerfully transforms. We must show Him to the world, even as He displays His mighty work in us.