Turn On the Light
Published by Theresee on Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:21pm
By: Steve Becker
Ephesians 5:8-10 (NLT)
For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of the light! For this light within you produces only what is good, right and true. Carefully determine what pleases the Lord.
When we walk into a dark room we don’t have a switch that turns off the darkness, we have a light switch that overcomes the darkness. Instead of wishing we could turn off the darkness, we should focus on turning on the light. Let me illustrate.
One of the men in our CIC Challenge Group, Jason, recently invited a new coworker to have dinner with his family. Within a few days, Jason received a call from this coworker early in the morning. He had been arrested for a DUI and asked if Jason would come get him.
Unknown to the coworker, Jason is uniquely qualified to bring the light of Christ into his situation. For years, God had been writing his redemption story into Jason’s life in a way that could benefit this coworker.
Jason has a family background of drug abuse and alcoholism. In fact, within the last several years he lost his father to a drug overdose and his brother has suffered some severe consequences as a result of his drinking.
The light of Christ pouring out in Jason through his own struggles is producing what is good, right and true. Whether his coworker realizes it or not, God is reaching out to him in love through Jason. The coworker experienced the light of Christ in a life of hope and trust when he shared dinner with Jason and his family. Why else would he have reached out to him when he was arrested?
What this coworker needs is more light in order to cast out the darkness in his life. As for Jason, he should just let the light of Christ shine in his faith, hope and charity and to “carefully determine what pleases the Lord”. As a Challenge Group, we’ll be there for Jason.
TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Each of us is surrounded by those lost in the darkness of uncertainty, despair and selfishness. They need to see “people of the light” living in faith, hope and charity. Does your light shine into their darkness in a way that pleases the Lord?