During daylight hours most fish will try to avoid light as they hide in shadows or dive to deeper depths. But in the evening many species find that light is a friendly invitation to finding an easy meal. The baitfish, insects and algae will concentrate around a well-lit area.
Such was the case when Dick Gaumer (former editor and outdoor writer) and I fished the Stockton, California Delta late in the evenings. The big striped bass, black bass, American shad, and crappie would gather around the marina areas to attack our surface plugs and mini jigs. The late spring and summer evenings were always a good time to find a calm, well-lit bay.
The first century disciple/fishermen also did most of their fishing at night. They would build a fire in a highly polished brass pan sitting in the middle of their boats. The reflection of the light would draw the fish from some distance. When the schools came to the surface the fishermen cast their nets out and brought the catch aboard.
The Metaphor of Light
Jesus used the metaphor of light to describe Himself. He declared, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) Jesus is “the true light that gives light to everyone.” (John 1:9)
Of course, many refuse to come to the Light of the world. The reason is simple, as Jesus explained in John 3:19-20: Men love darkness instead of light because their deeds are evil. They shun the light lest the light expose their evil deeds. But when someone repents of their sins and comes to Jesus His light illuminates their life. “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” (John 12:46)
And when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, He makes us “children of light.” This designation describes our calling in terms of the holy way God wants us to live. “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” (Ephesians 5:8) And, “You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.” (1 Thessalonians 5:5)
But being children of the light also pertains to our calling regarding our witness. Just like fishing at night with a light, many people are attracted to Jesus by the light He radiates through us. “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
So, let us live as children of the light and may others come to faith in Jesus through the light of our life and witness.
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:3-20
Personal Application: Let the light of Jesus shine in every corner of your life. And let Him shine through you to others that they too may come to faith in Him.
Wendell Morton and Jim Grassi, D. Min.
We cherish any verse in Scripture that reminds us to keep focused and intentional about evangelism and discipleship. “But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:5