What a difference sunlight makes in the appearance of a blanket of snow! When light touches it, it the millions of tiny flakes sparkle as if they were glitter, turning frozen scenery into a winter wonderland. On an overcast day, however, apart from the rays of the sun that made it shine, the snow takes on a more somber and lackluster air, losing its brilliant sparkle.
Christ is the Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2). His light shines on us and through us, making us shine like the sparkling snow on a sunny day. We reflect His brilliance and majesty to a world that is desperately in need of Him. Just like the snow gets its glisten from the rays of the sun, so does our light come from Christ. He is the source of our shine. Through us, others get a glimpse of who He is.
Just as the snow does not sparkle on its own, our light does not come from us. In and of ourselves, we are like the snow on an overcast day – lacking in glisten and brilliance. No matter what we do or how good we try to be, we can never produce on our own the same shine as when the Light of the World (John 8:12) shines through us.
Does the snow struggle to glisten? Does it strive to sparkle? No – it is the light hitting it that gives it its brilliance. In the same way, it is not by our own striving and struggling that we shine. By simply being in the presence of Son of God, we reflect a brilliance that we can never achieve on our own. The closer we draw to Him, the brighter we shine. Let’s spend time in the presence of the Sun of Righteousness, and shine forth His glory!