"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden."
In his book, Mirror Ball, worship leader/songwriter Matt Redman recounts the experience which led to the choosing of this particular title.
It is the last night of the Passion worship for college students. Founder of Passion, Louie Giglio, is determined to send these young folks home on a spectacular and inspirational note. He tells the musicians that he's hanging a mirror ball which will be lowered into the arena on the last song of the evening. Matt thinks this is a marvelous idea. He and the band members plan an exhilarating song for the finale; something to suit the amazing light sure to be reflected from Louie's mirror ball.
When he emerges on stage, Matt purposefully looks for the mirror ball in the rafters. He has a difficult time finding it. When he finally spots it, his heart sinks. It's so tiny! How can anything that small make any impression on anyone? Has Louie lost his mind?
Matt prays this won't be the flop he fears it will be. Hopes beyond hope that Louie's idea will be successful after all. Here is Matt in his own words:
And then the moment arrived. Mirror ball time. Down from the ceiling came the world's smallest disco ball. I didn't know whether to laugh, cry . . . or get my binoculars out to actually see the thing.
However, in one bright, shining moment, all my fears died. Powerful beams of light hit the face of the ball, and suddenly, in every corner of that massive arena, radiance shown all around. Light filled the room. It seemed to glow on every face and shine on every inch of floor, wall, and ceiling. A huge arena filled with light - by way of a tiny mirror ball. And people partied. In that moment, focusing on the glory of the Savior and celebrating His victories, we shouted for joy and danced with abandon.
Wow! What a testimony this is to how God's light can radiate through each and every one of us! We may perceive ourselves as small and insignificant, unable to make a difference in this dark and hurting world. But, Jesus says we are the light of the world. He means it!
And, when we choose to let the light of the Lord shine through us, how can we not reflect His glory? How can we not glow with His love and grace?
How can we, dancing in His light, not fill this world with joy and celebration?
Will you be a mirror ball, shining God's infinite light onto others?
Will you pray with me?
We pray, dear Father, that we can be the light of the world and live up to Jesus' expectations of us as His followers. May we radiate Your light and love to all we meet, that they may know we are a "city on a hill, shining brightly." Amen.
You can order Matt's book here, and connect with him at his website.