Friday, July 03, 2015

A Light in the Darkness by Rose McCormick Brandon

“John was a lamp that burned and gave light . . . “ John 5:35

Jesus used these words to describe John the Baptist, that man, prophet, who went about preaching that another would come after him – the Son of God Himself – the One of whom John said, “I am unworthy even to tie His shoes” (John 1:26).
John was a light. Jesus was the Light.
Since Jesus came as the Light of the World many people have been a shining light for Him. Through the centuries these lights have shone all over the world, in families, neighbourhoods, offices and workplaces.
Today, the world is filled with spiritual darkness. It’s the nature of spiritual darkness to cause people to believe they are enlightened. They believe wholeheartedly that they are marching toward the light when in reality, they are rushing headlong toward an even denser darkness.
To us, God has entrusted the role of light-bearer. As Jesus was the Light of the World, His followers are now millions of lights shining in spiritual darkness. Paul referred to believers as “children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2:15).
How can I, one little light, make a difference in so dense a darkness? My light seems small and insignificant. Yet, to those searching for God – and there are many searchers – our small lights shine like beacons on a lighthouse.
Keep on shining your light for Jesus. Unapologetically.
“Let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Most of us have come to Christ through someone who let their light shine. Now, it’s our turn to shine for Him.
Prayer: Lord, I dedicate my life to shining for You. Help me not to be overcome by the darkness, or discouraged by it, but make me a light that shines through it, a light that draws others to You.

 Rose McCormick Brandon is the author of four books: Promises of Home - Stories of Canada's British Home Children, One Good Word Makes all the Difference, He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me and Vanished. Visit her website Writing From the Heart. Two blogs: Promises of Home and Listening to my Hair Grow.


Peter Black said...

An important truth for anyone (rather, everyone) and a necessary and challenging truth for those of us who have received the light of Christ. Thanks Rose,
I needed this. It reminds me of the Sunday School song we used to sing but seldom hear nowadays: "Give me oil in my lamp . . . Keep me burning till the Break of Day"! ~~+~~

Glynis said...

Peter has me singing 'This Little Light of Mine. . .and you have me thinking about how I should be shining that little ol' light of mine every day. I liked the contrast you made about being 'enlightened' and the darkness. So true, Rose!
Thanks for this.

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