1.31.2008

.: the light in the darkness :.

The idea of Christians being a light in the darkness is not a new one. Most anyone who grew up in the church would recognize songs such as This little light of mine, In the light or Light of the World. In John 8:12 Jesus states that He is the light of the world. Christians are taught to reflect that light. I think this is a great concept because it is easily understandable and very visual. I was thinking about this idea on my morning commute. I think that it is interesting that while the darkness needs nothing to sustain it, light needs a power source. Flashlights need batteries, a fire needs oxygen to be able to burn, the lights in our homes need to be plugged into an energy source. I think you can see where I am going with this. We need God in order to be able to "shine" as brightly as we can in this dark world. As such, we need to be tapped into that power source. Practically speaking, this means that we need to be in God's word and in prayer. A light-bulb does no good if the power switch is flicked off.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." .Matthew 5:14-16.

photo by blakie modified by me

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