This past week I did some updating to my home computer. One of the items I replaced were the fans units. The old fans had lights so it was easy to tell when the computer was turned on. The new fans I purchased do not have lights so when I turn on the computer it stays dark which means I do not know if it is working correctly until I see an image on the monitor.
This made me think about how light works. In order for their to be light there has to be a power source because light requires energy. It does not matter if we are talking about a flash light, fire fly (chemical reaction) or the sun. When I applied power to my computer the old fans had a blue light which told me the computer was powered on.
Darkness on the other hand does not require energy. If you illuminate a room with a light in order to make it dark you do not add darkness you take away light. You can carry light from one room to the next, for example with a flashlight, but you cannot carry darkness. Darkness is simply the absence of light. There is a new substance named vantablack which is the darkest substance known to man. It is so dark even if a light is shined upon it to our eyes we cannot see it reflect any light.
In our Christian life the same principal is true. We have a light source Jesus. John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”. Revelations 21:23 “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp”. If we continuously seek after a relationship with the Lord our light will continue to glow and slowly get brighter as we receive Him into our life. This is the promise in John 8:12. We also have an enemy Satan who is our vantablack because he lacks the ability to have any form of the light of Christ in him.
Have you ever walked into a totally dark room searching for the light switch? It’s a little frustrating but we have one benefit in the United States most light switches are roughly in the same area by the door. Now imagine the light switch is 1 foot off the ground in the opposite corner from the door. This would be almost impossible for most of us to find. I know I would become extremely agitated trying to find it in a dark room. What would be my first thought? If I can get a light into the room I can find the light switch. The same is true for people who do not know Christ but are seeking to find him. Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Like many of us there are people walking in darkness who believe this is a better way. They are looking for the light but cannot find it. We have an opportunity not only to be an example of the light but to tell them how they can get access to the light for them self.
What happens sometimes as our light begins to glow when we start to surrender our life to the Lord, in the next room we hear a familiar voice calling us. This voice is heard on televisions, in books, movie theaters, worldly friends, cares of this world, our own temptations, music, bill boards, and many more places. The only goal of the voice of darkness is to get you to turn down the brightness of the light of Christ in you. What the darkness knows is the only reason there is the light of the Lord in you is you are accessing the Lords power. The enemies only option is to dim your light with his deceptions. My question is does it make sense to turn it down? When are you the safest, walking in the light or walking in darkness? The obvious answer is when there is light. Why? W can see obstacles, we can see the direction we need to go, there is a freedom to move about and not get injured.
What are you going to do today to make sure your light gets brighter? What is keeping your light dim when you have been in church for 5-10-15 years and you should be a bright light to help others? What are you hanging onto that prevents you from walking in the light? Are you connected to and using the power Christ provides. Notice I did not say just connected too. Why? Many are connected to the power yet many fail to use the power they have been given access too. Just like a lamp that is plugged into a wall (connected) is useless as a lamp until the power flows (switch turned on) which turns on the light.
Perhaps your light is shining brightly then grab someone who is stumbling in the dark and use your light to guide them to safety.