If you were to enter a dark village, one without any form of light, when you left would their situation remain the same?
This is what Christianity is all about. If we follow His Word, it is a “Lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path” (Psalm 119:105), and leads us to places where His light is so desperately needed!
I once heard a statement as a teen that made a lifelong impression on me. The words relayed to me the importance of leaving a place in better shape than I found it. We should be ashamed as “Children of the Light” if we are so dimly lit that others around us vaguely and most likely never notice the LIGHT we have inside.
Paul understood the debate that often takes place in this present darkness, yet he never compromised putting on His SHINE for Jesus. Better yet, Jesus commanded that we shine our light, and not hide it under a bushel. He said we are to be salt and light to a world that has lost all hope.
There are two reasons why people do not shine their light for Jesus:
One, they do not know Him. Scripture says,” Let your light so shine before men so that they see your good works they will glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Truth be told, too many unbelievers and those who say they know Him, desire the light to shine upon them, to be noticed for all their good deeds. These same people are incapable of keeping His commands. Jesus warns of this kind of false faith, and declares that in that day He will command us to leave His presence for He never knew us!
Secondly, people refuse to shine their light in fear of persecution. Yes, they are believers but weak kneed and unable to shine their light when conflict or controversy arises. Everyone says that Peter denied Christ three times before the rooster crowed, and it is true. It takes an immense amount of faith to stand in the face of conflict.
I have been in situations of mild persecution and had to stand alone on one side of the room with Jesus. My life without Christ was so dark, hopeless and full of fear, that I welcomed His LIGHT to come right in and burn out the old me and create in me a new heart. Guess what? He did it, and He did it with much delight!
I’m no better than you. Peter, (also known as Simon, son of John) was later declaring that God is incapable of showing partiality. How did he discover this? Because after his denial, Jesus asked him three times, one for each time that he had denied Christ, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?
He never brought up Peter’s denial to Him. He just commanded him, “Feed my sheep.” Peter discovered that “Love covers a multitude of sin.”
So in closing, if we have not love, it will be impossible to SHINE our light in a manner that compels others as Jesus commands. However, if we love others as Christ first loved us, we long to shine HIS LIGHT in very dark places and we teach others how to SHINE their light before we leave a dark village (neighborhood, marketplace…) untouched by our compassion. It really boils down to this dear friends: If you dare to wear His name, you must be willing to “…proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9b).
Let’s stop leaving people in the dark!
After His Heart,