Scripture selection: Luke 11:33
Jesus said, “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”
I live on the outskirts of a medium size city in the country. The property listing describing the spot says the little parsonage in which my wife and I reside is literally “in the woods.” So it can get pretty dark at night. I am grateful for the lamppost outside that comes on automatically at dusk showing us the way to the front door. After all, there are bears in the woods.
I am also grateful for another kind of light.
It’s the light that Jesus describes in his teaching about having healthy eyes and a body full of light – spiritually speaking.
Our world, it seems to me, is an increasingly dark place.
Christ-followers have the responsibility – and the privilege – of shining God’s light into some very dark places.
In the midst of
- International conflict
- Family squabbles
- Problems in the work place
- Altercations at school
- Even disputes at home
We can either bring a little light and hope – or just a little more darkness and despair.
Be the light. It’s more than just a catchy slogan. It’s the way out that only God and His love can provide.