by Kent Prince
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth).” Ephesians 5:8-9
In times past, it was fairly typical for the son of a farmer to become a farmer, the son of a blacksmith to become a blacksmith and the son of a carpenter to become a carpenter. In John 8:12 Jesus declares himself as the light of the world. The reading above implores us to live as children of light and Matthew 5:14 says that we are the light of the world. We, being the children of light, should also be light and let our light shine and bring glory to God. This world has an abundance of spiritual darkness in it. It is both a privilege and a responsibility to be light and shine Jesus into that darkness. Have you ever been riding in a rural area on a dark night and then far off in the distance seen the lights of a small town? It is captivating. One light can be seen from a long distance in darkness, but the collection of lights of a community or town can’t be missed or overlooked. Let us become more like Jesus and let our lights shine individually and collectively along with His so that our Father in Heaven may be glorified and that many souls struggling in the darkness of this world may be drawn to God’s Kingdom.
Dear God, may we let our lights shine as You intended them to. May we not hide our lights because of fear or lack of time and energy. May we yield ourselves to Your will so that our lights reveal Jesus to the world.