It was three thirty in the morning, and I turned the light on to shine until daylight came. Maybe you are thinking that I was afraid of the dark, I wasn’t.
I had been woken by some noisy rodents who like to play in the dark.
I switched on the lamp so that they would think that the day’s light had come early. Once the light flooded the room they took off to play in the dark somewhere else.
The world we live in is full of the darkness of sin. We try to convince people to do the right thing by using so many tactics. We make laws, give rewards or penalties or educate to the rights or wrongs of a particular behavior.
And nothing works!
The world doesn’t seem to get any better or brighter. In fact, the darkness increases.
So, how do we repeal that darkness?
The truth of the matter is that we cannot do anything. The only way that darkness can be repelled is through the light of God. His light is the only thing that will show people the sin in their lives.
It’s His light and love that will show people that the only cure is to come to the cross for forgiveness. His light will also give people the strength to turn their lives around, making our world a better place.
All we can do is be the lamp, allow God’s power to flow through us and let His light shine as brightly through us as we can. When we do this, His power will push back the darkness in our own corner. Then people will see His light in us.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
The more lamps there are and the more they connect to each other, the greater and brighter the light will shine.
Are you a shining light? And are you connected with others to help shine more brightly?