The world is full of darkness. Everywhere we turn, people are living in fear and full of anger. It’s not surprising that people are looking for scapegoats. People feel better when they have someone they can blame for the nagging fear and frustration.
While these frustrations are understandable, Jesus calls us away from the status quo, the temptation to add to the darkness with our own darkness. We can be people of light and love, because we serve a God who is light and love.
I do not mean that we should pretend that there is no darkness. Evil is real. Some modern religious and spiritual ideologies try to combat the darkness by pretending it is not real. Christian faith does not run from reality. Jesus gives us real tools to bring light into the real darkness of this world.
How do we turn on the light of God in our own lives and shine it in the world? First, let God calm your heart in prayer. Much of the world is living in panic mode. Inner peace comes from regular visits with the Lord.
Second, live with an eye on the eternal. The darkness is temporary. It can seem overwhelmingly present, but it will not always be so. Trust in God’s promise that eternity is real.
Third, never forget you are loved and forgiven. Always be grateful. Carry so much thanksgiving in your heart that there is no room for bitterness.
Fourth, share. Share your joys and your burdens in a community of friends who love you. Share your thanksgiving with the bitter and burdened world. Share the good news that the light is not exclusive. God loves and cares for everyone.
Jesus lived on this earth with the power and calm of a man who was convinced of God’s power and love. He promised to send His Spirit to give us that power too. We carry the light of Jesus into our little corner of the world and there is that much less darkness.
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church Siler City, NC