This past Sunday morning I was reminded of the ‘Light’ spoken of in first few verses of Genesis 1. Scientifically it gives us a picture of God creating light even before the sun and moon were created. (Genesis 1: 14-18). Theologically the light first given to expose darkness represents the true Light: Jesus Christ, a Light brought into a world of darkness. Darkness has a tendency to plague the earth because people live with a sense of frustration and futility as they attempt to please fleshly appetites that are never satisfied. God-shaped voids exist in each of us to remind us of the futility of such ventures. Unfortunately, many try to fill that God-shaped cavity with everything but what truly fits. The reason why so many choose everything but Jesus is because the light of Jesus Christ lets people see themselves as they really are: sinners in need of a Savior. Independence, ignorance and pride blind many from understanding how much we truly need Christ Jesus! We live in a world where so many are stumbling through life! Instead of wagging our heads in dismay, why not share our Light with them? Blaming the dark for being dark never really accomplishes what Jesus would ask of us. The reason the dark existed in the first place was for God to expose it to light. (Genesis 1: 2-3). Could it be the reason darkness surrounds us is for God to use us to His glory? Instead of us wondering why God doesn’t do something to right all the wrongs, who’s to say He didn’t create us for that purpose? Remind yourself: the Church of Christ is to be a light set on the hill for all to see. (Matt. 5: 14) YOU are that light! Shine!
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.