Reflection is when light bounces off an object.
Smooth, shiny surfaces reflect light best.
Most surfaces are uneven or rough. When light rays strike these rough surfaces, some are absorbed and some bounce off in all directions. So there is no clear image reflected. This is called diffuse reflection.
When light hits a very smooth surface, however, it is reflected in a regular pattern and we see a very clear image of the object. This is called specular reflection.
Jesus Christ is the light of the world. We are like that bumpy surface. When we receive His light, we reflect some of it (diffuse reflection); and we absorb some of it; it 'heats up' and transforms us. As it transforms us - think smoother and shinier - the more we accurately reflect Him and His light.
“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. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:14-16
Receiving, Absorbing, and Reflecting His Light...