The other day this plant caught my eye. The previous day my mom had brought it outside to soak up some sunshine. When it was in the house, the flowers were quit symmetrical. They were all growing nicely toward the ceiling. Each was unaware of anything missing from their environment. The plant grew and produced lovely flowers. It gave off a pleasant aroma, and did everything a houseplant should. After one day of being outside, under the overhang of the roof, it was clear what these little pink blossoms wanted: sun. When they were inside, far removed from the light, warmth, and nourishment of the sun, they seemed not to miss it or crave it. Once they were brought near, however, they realized their desire and need for real, organic light as opposed to the compact fluorescent bulb they had grown accustomed to. Just that hint, that tease of authentic light had a powerful impact. You can see vividly how each stem is not bent, reaching for a better view of the bright sun.
I see this as an analogy for Christians in the world. We are supposed to be salt and light.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
(Matthew 5:13-16 ESV)
As Christians, we can have a powerful impact on the non-believers we encounter on a day-to-day basis. Just as this plant had no concept of what it was missing while still inside, many people have no clue what they are lacking until they encounter someone who has been truly born again. I pray my life would be that beacon. I pray my love would cause the souls of those around me to bend and reach out for Jesus. I pray the Lord uses my influence to move the hearts of those around me, just as He used the influence of the sun to move those flowers. I challenge you all to go about your day with a renewed sense of the light you carry. The light within us is powerful and beautiful. We must continue to die to self so that the Spirit of Christ might shine all the more brightly through our lives.