Light For A Dark Place
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:11
The curtain is up, and you are on. It’s your turn now and the whole world is watching. More important than that, the Audience of One is watching. By faith you have received the script and are to perform for His pleasure!
Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Another Scripture tells us, “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.“ John 1:5. A third Scripture, 1 John 1:5, gives us clarity: “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
From just these three scriptures, one can conclude that this “light” is very important in, as well as important to our lives. Consequently, there are other occurrences of the word “light” throughout the New Testament alone, that should be of particular interest to believers. But the focus on these scriptures will be sufficient for this subject.
“That’s why I don’t go to church now, because (they) out here doing the same thing we doing.” Have you ever had someone give that reason for turning down your invite to meet you at Sunday service? They are already living a dark life and their habitation there is further justified when they see people like us not just in their environment, but enjoying the fruit of it also. Apparently, those of us who profess to be saved do not value or understand the word sanctification. Nor is being “born again” any significance either. I’ll come back to that before I finish.
It seems as if it is habitual to “perform” on Sundays and programs and even funerals because we are inside the walls of a building, and more often, among other “performers” in the congregation. Religion has some of us acting like Christians, or letting our light shine within the confines of the sanctuary. That’s what light shinning among light looks like. There is no darkness in there, or so one would believe. If there is, it would not be noticed because light has prevailed. Only those inside the building would “see your good works” but that would not glorify the Father (of lights).
Matthew 5:15 tells us that you don’t “light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.”
When I meditate on this, I see that individually, when we get born again, we get His light in us — as a candle — to shine in dark places. His light is not made to “put it under a bushel,” or to shine in confined places, like the inside of a building only. But it is intended to give “light unto all that are in the house,” or the whole world. On a candlestick, you will be seen and you will shine unobstructed. It cannot, or as I see it, must not be hid. Otherwise, it’s drawing purpose is nullified.
I guess that was what I experienced when I was playing Saturday nights in the clubs with the local band. I was supposed to be “born again” but in the club, my light was turned off and I was in the dark like everyone else in the “house.” Then, on Sunday, I was letting my light shine bright again, before men in the church, so they could see my good works, inside the four walls. Looking back on that, I am sure God was not pleased.
I know you have noticed at night, when a light comes on, how every flying insect shows up, mostly to your displeasure. But that is the drawing power of (physical) light. However, there are some crawling bugs that tend to run from the light. “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.“ John 1:5. When your Spiritual light shines the way it is planned by God to shine, something happens to darkness. It has to go away. It has not other course of action except to hid in the shadows created by light. Look around you room right now. With one or two lights on, shadows fall all over the place and dark places survive a “little” light. But turn on more lights and see the shadows and the dark places recede.
We are the candles lit by God to shine in the dark places of the world. Because He did the lighting, our light cannot be hid, nor should it be. Together we shine so bright, that again we cannot be hid. Together we are the “city that is set on an hill (that) cannot be hid.” But the problem is that we are not one. We are not together! We are not “with” one accord. “With” meaning with God’s way of doing things, by His Word.
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” Since we are born again, and “Ye are all the children of light” (1 Thessalonians 5:5), then there should be no darkness in us at all either. Our walk should resemble our Father in Heaven at all times, just as He intended it to be — a constant light to the world. Jesus said in John 9:5, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Scripture also says, “as he is, so are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17b)
Therefore, to recap
God is light;
We are God’s children of light;
There is no darkness in him at all;
There should be no darkness in us at all;
Darkness cannot handle light
Don’t hide God’s light that’s in you under a bushel in confined places;
Let all see God’s light that’s in you so God will be glorified in your good works.
You are Blessed!!!