Have you ever noticed how rain makes your visibility more difficult when driving? It seems to be even worse when you’re driving at night. When it rains in the evening it is much harder to see the lines of the road and stay on your path. Reflectors were added to major roadways to help with this problem. Unlike runway lights, reflectors have no light of their own; they simply reflect the light that shines on them.
As believers we are like reflectors. We are reflectors of the light of God. In John 8:12 Jesus said “”I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Jesus shines His light upon all believers to light our path. As believers, we reflect the light of Jesus to a hurting world, which lights up the path directing people to Him, the source of all light.
Just like reflectors, sometimes we get run over, but we were created for that to have no impact on our effectiveness. John 16:33 says “”I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Even when difficult times come…in fact, especially during difficult times…we have the ability to reflect Christ to those around us. A hurting world is looking for something or someone to put their trust in and we have the opportunity to point them to Jesus. We must choose to reflect Jesus instead of our circumstances.
Reflectors are designed to reflect whatever is in front of them. Take a mirror for example; it can’t reflect you just because you walk into a room where it is hanging. You must stand in front of the mirror in order for it to reflect you. Therefore, we can’t reflect Christ unless we keep Him before us throughout our day. Now I’m not suggesting you walk around carrying a picture of Christ in your hands, because that wouldn’t be practical. Yet, you can carry Him in your mind, heart and soul so you are able to reflect Him to the world around you.
You were created to be a reflector of Christ. Only you can decide if you will do what you were created to do. What will you choose to reflect today?