Monday, December 6, 2010

From Darkness to Light

The earth sparkles. Have you ever seen a satellite photo of the earth taken at night? You can see pockets of light scattered across the surface. The urban areas, of course, are the brightest. Much of the rest of the earth is surprisingly dark.

I wonder what the world would look like if every church was a pocket of light and every believer was a flame of light. How bright would our world be?

I can imagine where the pockets of light would be. America wouldn't be the only country dotted with light. The countries I've visited or heard about - Brazil, Ukraine, South Korea - would have their own pockets of light, along with many others. Across the face of the earth are believers who love God, serve Him with fervency, and pray with urgency.

We don't know when Jesus will come back. But while we still have time left here, let's shine our lights as brightly as possible, so that what God sees from heaven is no longer pockets of spiritual light, but the whole world covered with light. It's not a mission for just one nation or people group. It's the calling of all of God's children. We belong to a spiritual light brigade, shining the light of God's word and His Son.

How do we each turn "from darkness to light"? (Acts 26:18) By believing in Jesus, the Light of the world. How do we spread the light, or the truth, that we've been given? By acting on those opportunities God gives us, by being a lighthouse of love and truth wherever we've been planted.

"Is this not the fast I have chosen: to loosen the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free,
and that you break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and that you bring to your house the poor that
are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him,
and not hide yourself from your own flesh?

"Then your light shall break forth like the morning;
your healing shall spring forth speedily,
and your righteousness shall go before you.
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard."
Isaiah 58:6-8 (NKJV)

Keep shining this Christmas! Jesus is the Light that shines through us.

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