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Lights in a Dark World

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16

I grew up in the Arkansas River Valley which lies between the Ouachita Mountains in the south and the Ozark Mountains in the north. When I was young a group of us loved to build a fire on the edge of the river bluffs and roast hot dogs. It was a beautiful view overlooking the river with Mt. Nebo not so distant on the other side. But it was a treacherous hike to get there because the trail sometimes ran right against the edge. If any of us were to slip and fall off it would certainly be fatal. Not all of us brought flashlights so those who did had to illuminate the way for those who didnít. We all knew that we needed light and appreciated those who shared their light with the rest of us.

The Bible says that the world we live in is a spiritually dark place, yet many do not realize that they are in darkness and are in need of light. The Bible says that Godís Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to illuminate our path. When we receive the Word of God and allow it to be planted in us, we become lights to the world. Unfortunately many prefer the darkness and despise the light, but we should never allow this to discourage us from shining.

How do we shine? We proclaim the truth and practice our Christian faith openly, always looking for an opportunity to shine the light of God wherever we see darkness. The darkness is usually ignorance or deception and is always sin. Many never clearly see the absolute truth of God lived or proclaimed because todayís Christians are reluctant to shine or do not live it themselves. Jesus commanded His followers to be like a light on a mountain and never hide your light from others.

John wrote that Jesus was the light of the world and the light of all men. He came into the darkness of the world to enlighten men of the truth of God. He now lives in the hearts of the faithful and desires to live His life in them. Paul once wrote, -"Iíve been crucified with Christ, yet I live, but it is not I who live, but Jesus lives His life in me."

Our mission is to illuminate the world with the light of Godís truth and to let others see Jesus, the true Light of the world shining forth through us. Many will hate the light, but there will be some who will value it and come to Jesus and follow Him to salvation.

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

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