Light of the world: Change agents


The Verse of the Day for July 30, 2014 is found in the section of Scripture known as “The Beatitudes”:

Matthew 5:14, 16 (KJV):

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Here Jesus uses a metaphor to describe the impact that his followers can have upon the world. When light is introduced, the environment changes. In our contemporary society those who carry the light and thus bring about change are sometimes called “change agents,” which defines in this way: “Individuals or groups who attempt change, aid in its accomplishment, or help to cope with it.”

Jorge Luis Boria notes that “Change does not ‘Happen’” in an article related to “change facilitators” or those who facilitate change within an organization: “A change facilitator is a person that leads the process of change. He or she is aware of the risks of the transition and helps the organization to prepare and execute a plan to make the change happen.” Such “change facilitators” or “change agents” make the difference within an organization; indeed, they make the difference in life.

T.M. Moore speaks of three metaphors that Jesus Christ uses to describe the Church as agents of change: “The Church changes its society by serving as light, salt, and leaven.They show up and everything changes. Change agents not only make the difference; they are the change. Mahatma Ghandi is said to have offered this exhortation: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

The following poem was originally dedicated to a group of missionaries who were sent to local areas to carry the light and introduce Jesus Christ:

Light of the World

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on

a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp,

and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand;

and it gives light to all who are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men, that they

may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.”        

Matthew 5:14-16


A call comes ringing. . .     


The light that from creation split the dark

still shines today. The same sun that once graced

Eden’s green place still warms the earth each day.

Without the light there is no life, no hope

For growth, no power to live and give birth.

Without the light there is only the night

To swallow the land and smother all life.

Somewhere someone sits in darkness, crying. . .

Send the light. . .


The love of Christ constrains us to go forth,

To shine as beacons and carry the love,

To offer shelter from stormy places,

To light the path of everyone who longs

To be at home within God’s family room.

Send the light. . .

With torch held high, let us stand upon the Rock:

a lantern, a lampstand, a beacon, a lighthouse,

a city set on a hill that cannot be hid


Let it shine. . .


Though the darkness thickens, let our lights so shine.

Let us speak God’s Word and echo God’s voice that

First spoke light into being, commanding it to shine


So let it shine. . .


So let it shine. . .


So let it shine. . .


forever more.


Cindy Black offers a contemporary version of the classic hymn that provides the refrain used in “Light of the World.”


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