by Pastor Tim Burt
I remember when I was a kid; we would turn out the lights and hide in our basement playing hide and seek. It was pitch black and scary.
I remember once being out camping with a group of friends on a very dark windy stormy night. The rain put out our campfire and our flashlights lost power. Even though we were just a few feet apart from each other, it was so dark we couldn't see anything! We had to leave the campsite and we couldn't see the trees, bushes, the ground, or each other. It was a terrifying experience.
Darkness works in movie theaters, for sleeping, for seeing stars clearly and a few other things, but beyond that, the darkness generally creates a sense of fear or at the least, discomfort.
We live in a world where Satan continually works to introduce ever-increasing levels of spiritual darkness. The world is getting darker. Acceptance by mankind of things that used to be seen as dark is fresh evidence of that! Profanity, sexual immorality, perverse behaviors, and materials of the occult, are now accepted as normal and everyday. How do people feel about it? Some are naive or blinded and accept it as the norm or just don't think about it at all. Others sense the world getting darker. Deep inside they know the world seems to be more increasingly overcome with evil. They don't like it but they don't know how to identify this darkness nor do they know what to do about it.
If we as Christians, recognize that this is happening, we can take advantage of it for Jesus. There is one thing you can always count on that is absolutely true and unchanging – people don’t like darkness and desire to gravitate toward light.
Phil 2:15 says, "...so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.”
If you love Jesus and are living for Him, you are that source of light. They sense something different about you and are drawn to it. I hope you understand that. You may not think you are much of a light, but even the tiniest light in a dark room, is easy to see. And so you are! As they are attracted to you, are you ready and equipped? Can you share something with them about the source of your light? Do you have a "light manual" you could give to them? Can you tell them about this light named Jesus in you and how He led you out of darkness? 1 Pet 3:15 says, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...”
I was outside one night recently. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the stars were so bright. I could only hold in awe the handiwork of God. You and I are that handiwork of God to those trapped in the darkness of this world. When you carry Him in your heart and let Him shine through you, then don't be surprised to find out that people are watching you and are drawn to you. Sometimes it's important to share your testimony of what Jesus did for you and other times it's important just to let people see God’s love in action through your life, your love, and through the kindness of Jesus working in you! They'll come to gaze more. Be ready and when the time is right, let them know the source what it is they sense in you! There can be a few areas where darkness works, but for the most part, people want to come out from it and move toward the light. Let it shine!
Matthew 5:16 (NLT) "In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father."
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt