Be light

Illuminate the dark places in your world.

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Imagine that you find yourself in a pitch black room with several other people – some friends, some family, some strangers.   The darkness in this room is complete; you can not even see your hand in front of you.  You hear the voices of the others, and an occasional bump and motion from another.  At times join in the conversation, but you can see no one.

What will we do?  How will we get out?  Can we survive in this darkness?  Will we be rescued?  Can anyone reach us to help?

You sense the frustration and anxiety build; and it varies from person to person.  Some eventually become resolved to live in this darkness and try to make the most of it.  Some even cherish the darkness, but don’t realize it is unhealthy, unsustainable.

After some time, you notice that something is in your pocket.  You feel it.  It is a flashlight.  Should you use it to illuminate the room?  What will the others think?  Will it help?

The flashlight isn’t the solution.  The exit from the darkness is the solution.  But of course the flashlight will help!  It will point to the way of escape and rescue.  You click the button, and a beam of light shines, illuminating the way of escape from darkness.

This little allegory is a very real picture of the cultural darkness we live in.  All around us people are living in darkness – many don’t even know it, and a growing number in our world are embracing the darkness.

Those who follow Jesus hold the flashlight in their hands.  They aren’t the source of light, but they have access to it.  Christians don’t have all the answers, but they follow the One who does.

Our role as Christians is easy – turn on the light!  Bring the light to the dark places in our world.  Be light!

Jesus said: “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)

How about you?  What good deeds can you do to help others and be a light in their life today?  

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