Don’t know if you’ve ever had this experience… The lights go out, suddenly everything is pitch black! Nobody can see anything and there is stuff in the room that you could stumble over everywhere. No one knows where they are going. You hear people talking in the dark giving all kinds of suggestions, offering all kinds of ideas what has happened, but it terms of someone having a solution there is none! Until the lights come back on you’re helpless… In fact it’s dangerous!
Then someone has a “flashlight app” on their cell phone or a little flashlight on their key-chain in their purse… suddenly they are the most important person in the room! They have the light!
According to Apostle Paul, Christians are to be a little like “the person with the light” in their culture… He urged Christ followers to…
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life!” (from Philippians 2:14–16 ESV)
Listen, I don’t want to be a part of the problem in the world I live in… I want to be a part of the solution! I don’t want to be like the person who sits around in a dark room complaining about how dark the room has become, grousing about the fact the lights have gone out! I don’t want my words to contribute to the malaise or deepen the darkness – I want to be the guy “with the light!” And if I am a Christ follower – if I know and have experienced “the gospel” – I’ve got some light to share! I want to pull it out and let it shine! Hey, how did Jesus put it? He said, “You are the light of the world! … People don’t light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house! In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven!” (from Matthew 14-16)
Oh Lord, help me to let my light shine today!