You don’t have to view many of today’s latest news stories to know that there is an increasing snuffing out of “light” in this world. Darkness is creeping in on every front. Most any representation of Christian principles and values has become offensive and politically incorrect. I could go through the list but I think we are aware of most of these travesties. The question is…What are we going to do about it?
The answer is…Be a light in the midst of this darkness! I am going to share a song at the end of this post entitled “Glow In the Dark” by Jason Gray. The first time I heard this song, I was reminded of childhood days at my grandmother’s home in the country. In the summer as night began to fall we would head outdoors armed with our empty Mason jars. Why? To fill them with lightning bugs of course. (Now often referred to as fireflies!)
The darker the night became, the more easily these fascinating insects could be seen because their tails blink on and off, literally glowing in the dark. There was always the competition of who caught the most among my siblings. The majority of the time it was a catch and release kind of hunt, but sometimes we took the jar indoors and sat them beside our beds as night lights.
We are the fireflies of the day so to speak! I recently heard it stated that the increasing darkness creeping into our world is not totally detrimental because the darker it gets the brighter our light shines for God. Darkness does not generally give the feeling of safety and comfort that light does. Therefore, those living in darkness may be drawn to seek out the light of Christ that shines through us, giving them an opportunity to hear and accept God’s love, salvation and grace.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
Now to shine like we need to requires ongoing “stoking of the fire” in our Christian lives. The definition of “stoking” is to stir up and feed. Our fire for Christ will burn to barely visible embers if we do not feed on His word, The Bible. And time spent is the very presence of Christ, building a strong relationship with Him can only serve to stir you up for the task at hand. Then the flames of our fire can pierce the darkness and reach a lost and dying world.
In Esther 4:14, Mordecai says to Esther, “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Who knows but that God has placed us here “for such a time as this.”
“You’re put here to be a light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I am going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand–SHINE! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up to God, this generous Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16 The Message version)
So people, get out there and GLOW in the dark! Let’s take as many folks to Heaven with us as we can. Enjoy this song which bring this all home. It will make you smile! : ) To God Be the Glory!