Light in the Darkness

Imagine you’re sitting around the dinner table at night with your family when suddenly the power goes out and your home is plunged into darkness. Without light, everything comes to a halt.  You stop eating.  You are now obsessed with finding light.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he 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 (NIV)

Many people in this world are walking around in the dark.  They are not obsessed with finding light because they don’t even realize they are living in darkness.  As a follower of Jesus Christ you have been entrusted with His light.  It’s up to you to lead the way out of the dark.

“You are the light of the world. A town built 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 others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)

When you serve God by serving others your light shines brightly, revealing the darkness, and pointing the way for others to find the light.  Jesus is the light that reveals God.  Jesus has entrusted you with His light to reveal God to those in the darkness.  It is your “good deeds” that generate the most light and help others see Jesus.

“I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”  John 12:46 (NIV)

There is nothing better than your service to others to reveal God’s love to those living in darkness.  Much of what we do as believers in worship and in prayer is internal, but the real expression of our faith is external – in the love we share when reaching out to those in need.  When your light shines in this way, others will want to know where your strength is coming from and this will open the door for you to share the gospel in a meaningful way.  Keep your light burning brightly in all that you do and God will be delighted by your effort.

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”  Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)

 

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