When Jesus taught his disciples there were several occasions where he used light and darkness to describe a spiritual reality or condition. Naturally, Christian teachers have been using light and darkness to illustrate different lessons as well. For this post, I’m going to join many who have come before me and ask you to consider a truth about darkness and apply it to your walk with the Lord.
You and I have to deal with darkness on a daily basis. As the sun sets each day, different things typically happen through out the late evening before you get ready for bed. Firstly, as the light from outside no longer illuminates a whole room, it will usually become necessary for a lamp to be turned on so that you can continue to see what is around and what you are interacting with. Once the sun has set, if you need to go outside for anything you might turn on an outside light; to see where you are going as you head to your car to go and pick-up that late night snack. Finally, when you are getting ready for bed you will turn off lights to ensure the level of darkness you are most comfortable sleeping with. You and I naturally develop ways to deal with darkness.
However, at the end of the day, some can adjust so well to the darkness of their home, that they do not need any light to navigate where they live. This is where I want to call your attention back to Christian living. I feel like some Christians have become too comfortable living in our world of darkness. Sin and darkness are ever growing, and at the same time, it seems as though it is getting very hard to see the light of the gospel shining in our world.
“You are the Light of the world…” Matthew 5:14 [NIV]
Jesus didn’t leave much room for interpretation when He called His followers “the Light of the world.” If His people, mostly likely including those who will read this post, are not providing light for this world, then there will not be any light. Many who call themselves Christians understand what the light should look like, but they have decided for themselves that they can see in this world of darkness, and so the light of the Gospel that they could provide doesn’t seem that necessary. You and I cannot be deceived! If Christians do not shine the light of the Gospel, then darkness will easily prevail in this world.
We do not have to learn how to navigate this world with the little light we have in it. You and I, the people of Christ, are set apart to produce light! If we become the source of light, then it is only natural that we will be able to clearly make sense of events surrounding us. On a dark night, it will be the things closest to the light that we are able to perceive, and the same will be true as we live out our faith. We may be surprised when someone else is drawn to the light we provide to this world.
Written by Timothy Hegerich / Edited by Caroline Hegerich
There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world. It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today!