That is the way that it is with our walk in Christ as well. The Bible tells us that in ourselves there is no good thing. Our righteousness is as filthy rags. As we serve the Lord and walk according to His Word, it is not our goodness or light that others see, it is a reflection of God. If we stay in His presence, they see the Light of God. As the world gets in the way, it diminishes how much of God's light can be seen, just as it is in the natural realm. This is why John told us: "So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness. We are not living in the truth. But if we are living in the light of God's presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin." It is only as we stay in God's presence that we can possibly reflect the light of God. This is why it is critical that we do more than "visit" God on Sunday, but that we learn the joy and strength of entering into His presence every day. The more we are in His presence, the more we will reflect His light. We have to work at getting the world out of the way so that we are fully in His presence and those around us see the full impact of His presence in our lives.
DC Talk had a song out a few years ago called: "In The Light." The lyrics said:
I keep trying to find a life
On my own, apart from You
I am the king of excuses
I've got one for every selfish thing I do
What's going on inside of me?
I despise my own behavior
This only serves to confirm my suspicions
That I'm still a man in need of a Savior
I wanna be in the Light
As You are in the Light
I wanna shine like the stars in the heavens
Oh, Lord be my Light and be my salvation
Cause all I want is to be in the Light
All I want is to be in the Light
This should be our goal, our aim for every day of our lives, to be in the light of Jesus Christ, not just to soak it up, but rather to reflect His light to a world darkened by sin.