Light up the dark
Pick up any bible and you will encounter many references to light throughout the Old and New Testament. In the Old Testament, the prophet Isaiah urged people to turn from their wicked ways and “see the great light” (Isaiah 9:2) and David began Psalm 27 with “The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear?” In the New Testament, John the Apostle spoke about the “true light that gives light to every man (John 1:9) and Luke spoke about the one who gives “light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:79).
Some people see the light ahead of time and avoid potential trouble like a ship captain sees the light from a lighthouse and uses it to navigate around danger. Others, like the prodigal son, see the light only after having spent time wandering in the dark. Those of us living in this present season of global pandemics, riots, rampant political corruption, child sex trafficking, and record high unemployment are experiencing a historic era of darkness. The light of the world has not gone anywhere, but many of us are missing it or failing to do our part to guide the lost to it. Consider these recent events around the world and the Apostle Paul’s poignant words about seeing the light: “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Followers of Christ who have the light have a duty to help others see it. We are the keepers of the light!
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). Matthew 5:14-16 records Jesus’ instructions to His followers regarding that light. He said, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden…let your light shine before men.”
Pastor Chuck Swindoll said this about the believer’s duty with the light: “You are a light in the darkness-a servant of God who is being watched, who gives off light.” In her book Jesus Always, Sarah Young wrote “As the world grows increasingly dark, remember that you are the light of the world. Don’t waste energy lamenting bad things over which you had no control…Use your time, talents, and resources to push back the darkness.”
If you are a follower of Christ now is the time to let your light shine! Remember that Jesus said the greatest of all his teaching was the one about loving God and loving other people. Remember what the Apostle Paul said about being prepared to serve in season and out of season, encouraging others with great patience and careful instruction (2 Timothy 4:2).
The time is now.
The world is watching.
Be the Light.