Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually. – Leviticus 24:2
On a whim, the voice actor and author, Tom Bodett coined the slogan “We’ll leave the light on for you,” used now by the lodging chain Motel 6 for over 25 years. The phrase was improvised by Bodett while in the recording studio, but it instantly rang true as the right message for the motel chain, and it is one of the longest running and successful slogans in U.S. advertising. The slogan makes you feel like they meant to be welcoming like family or old friends who want you to come on in anytime. What I want to know is, do you keep the Light on in your life?
The Gospel of John begins by reminding us that the Word (Christ) was in the beginning with God and part of God. In John 1:4, the Apostle tells us of Christ, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:4-5). The truth always enlightens the eyes of those who see it and comprehend it, but we are hampered by the darkness.
We can relate to this idea when we consider that darkness is the absence of light. Darkness only has power over us when we do not have light. It is really nothing in itself. Likewise, the Truth illuminates the darkness of ignorance, error and sin. In addition to being a force to provide understanding and conviction to betterment, the Light of God’s Word also comforts and protects us from the cold and lonely emptiness of the dark. As reflections of God’s Light in the world, one of our most important tasks is carrying the Light of Christ with us keeping it burning bright.
We should be everything the Light is to people: enlightening, convicting, comforting and protective. Some will be blind and unable to comprehend the lIght we carry but others may simply be blinded for a moment until the darkness is banished from their eyes. It is easy to relate to a bright light being turned on when we were accustomed to the dark.
Sometimes we must bring up the light slowly to help our lost brethren, but we must not tire of bearing the light. Like the wise virgins described in Matthew 25:1-13, we need to keep our lamps burning with the oil to show the way of the Bridegroom. He is the source of joy and peace that many so terribly desire. So leave the light on, will ya? Let’s show them Jesus!