Matthew 5:14-15, NIV: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.”

There are at least three flashlights in my house right now. One works. The other two do not. You might be wondering why I have kept the broken ones around. I suppose it is because I’m not sure if they are truly broken, or if they just need new batteries. Either way, when the electricity in the house goes out, only one of those three lights will be useful. Jesus told us that we “are the light of the world.” But what kind of lights are we? Am I a flashlight that could work, but I have no power because the maintenance I need to stay in good working order has been neglected? Am I a broken flashlight in which something is wrong that prevents me from being what I was designed to be? Am I a dimly lit light? Or am I a bright shining light? On the outside, I may even still look like a flashlight, but if I cannot shine in the darkness, what good am I? I suppose we might look at some of us as lights that are broken or powerless and wonder why God keeps us around. Perhaps God is just waiting for us to open up and allow Him to fix us, or replace our spiritual batteries—so that He can enable us to shine as the lights He created us to be.