the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good
works and give glory to your Father in heaven.—Matthew 5:16
There is no mistaking the effect of light upon a darkened place. Light boldly
and unabashedly announces its presence and vigorously dispels darkness. God's
desire is to fill you with His light. He wants you to shine as a brilliant
testimony of His presence and power in your life, so that the darkness in the
lives of those around you will be displaced by the light of God's glory.
If, however, you notice the world around you becoming darker and darker,
don't blame the darkness! It is simply doing what darkness does. The only remedy
for darkness is light. If the world is becoming darker, the problem is not with
the darkness. The problem is with the light. Jesus said His disciples should be
the "light of the world” (Matt. 5:14). What
an awesome responsibility—to be the ones through whom God would shine His divine
light and dispel the darkness from around others! In announcing His own coming,
Jesus said, "The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, / And upon
those who sat in the region and shadow of death / Light has dawned” (Matt. 4:16).
There was no ignoring Jesus' arrival upon earth! Darkness was dispelled!
Everywhere Jesus went, God's truth was boldly proclaimed, people were healed,
hypocrisy was exposed, and sinners found forgiveness. The world was never the
same once the Father introduced His light through His Son. Can that be said of
you as well? Do your coworkers recognize the light that is within you? Does the
presence of Christ radiate from your home into your community? When God's light
is allowed to shine unhindered through your life, the darkness around you
will be dispelled.—Experiencing God Day by Day