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Summary: The only remedy for the darkness in the world is to produce more light!

IT IS SAFE TO SAY THAT ANYTIME ANYONE ENTERS A DARKENED ROOM THAT THE FIRST THING THEY WANT TO DO IS FIND THE SWITCH TO TURN ON THE LIGHTS SO THEY CAN SEE.

OTHER THAN TO SLEEP, I HONESTLY DON’T THINK MOST PEOPLE ENJOY DARKNESS. IT IS ENVELOPING AND SUFFOCATING. IT CAN SOMETIMES BE UNDERSTOOD AS THOSE THINGS THAT REPRESENTS EVIL, SIN AND DEATH.

THE BIBLE USES DARKNESS FIGURATIVELY TO REPRESENT MORAL DEPRAVITY, PUNISHMENT, WICKEDNESS, TROUBLE, EVIL DEEDS, AFFLICTIONS, ETERNAL DAMNATION, AND FINALITY.

NO WONDER THEIR ISN’T THE GREATEST LIKING TO THINGS ASSOCIATED WITH DARKNESS BECAUSE, IN ESSENCE, IT IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHO WE ARE TO BE: PEOPLE OF LIGHT.

THE BIBLE IS VERY CLEAR ON WHAT WE ARE TO DO ABOUT DARKNESS. THE MOST OBVIOUS IS NOT TO LET THE DARKNESS BE A PART OF OUR LIVES AS EPHESIANS 5:8-9 (quickview)  TELLS US, “ FOR ONCE YOU WERE FULL OF DARKNESS, BUT NOW YOU HAVE LIGHT FROM THE LORD. SO LIVE AS PEOPLE OF LIGHT! FOR THIS LIGHT WITHIN YOU PRODUCES ONLY WHAT IS GOOD AND RIGHT AND TRUE.”

THE BIBLE ALSO TELLS US THAT WE ARE TO FOLLOW CHRIST IN ORDER TO AVOID THE DARKNESS AS STATED JOHN 8:12 (quickview) , WHEN JESUS SAID, “I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. IF YOU FOLLOW ME, YOU WON’T HAVE TO WALK IN DARKNESS, BECAUSE YOU WILL HAVE THE LIGHT THAT LEADS TO LIFE.”

LAST, BUT DEFINITELY, NOT THE LEAST, IS THE REQUIREMENT FOR US TO COMBAT THE DARKNESS. VERSES 14 AND 16 OF OUR SCRIPTURE PASSAGE TODAY PROCLAIMS “YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD...LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE OTHERS.”

WHAT MATTHEW IS SAYING IS THAT WE ARE CLEARLY MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND MAKING A DISTINCT IMPACT IN OUR WORLD. IN OTHER WORDS, THERE IS NO CONFUSION AND PEOPLE HAVE NO DOUBT THAT YOU EXEMPLIFY AND MODEL JESUS CHRIST.

IF WE ARE TRULY A CHRISTIAN AND HAVE JESUS CHRIST AS OUR LORD AND PERSONAL SAVIOR, THERE CAN BE ABSOLUTELY NO MISTAKING THE EFFECT OUR “LIGHT” CAN HAVE UPON THE DARKNESS OF OUR SURROUNDINGS.

WHEN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST SHINES IN AND THROUGH YOU, HIS LIGHT CAN BOLDLY AND UNABASHEDLY “MAKES ITSELF KNOWN” ALL AROUND YOU. THE LIGHT OF CHRIST IN YOU WILL ANNOUNCE ITS PRESENCE BY VIGOROUSLY DISPELLING THE DAKRNESS.

I HONESTLY BELIEVE THAT IT IS GOD’S DESIRE TO FILL YOU WITH HIS LIGHT. GOD WANTS YOU TO SHINE AS A BRILLIANT TESTIMONY OF HIS PRESENCE AND POWER IN YOUR LIFE, SO THAT THE DARKNESS IN THE LIVES OF THOSE AROUND YOU WILL BE DISPLACED BY THE LIGHT OF GOD’S GLORY.

THE QUESTION THEREFORE REMAINS: ARE YOU BEING VERY DISTINCT WITH ILLUMINATING YOUR WORLD? ARE YOU MAKING A DIFFERENCE? DO YOU STAND OUT? ARE YOU PRODUCING RESULTS AND HAVING AN AFFECT ON OUR WORLD? BY WHAT YOU DO AND HOW YOU LIVE ARE YOU DRAWING ATTENTION TO GOD?

THE EMPHASIS IS ON BEING “OUT IN THE OPEN” RATHER THAN CAMOUFLAGED AND CONCEALED. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A “SECRET DISCIPLE” WHO WORKS “UNDERCOVER” FOR GOD.

THAT’S WHY WE NEED TO STOP AND ASK OURSELVES A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WORLD AROUND US…OUR HOME, OUR COMMUNITY, OUR ENVIRONMENT AS A WHOLE AND THE AFFECT WE ARE HAVING UPON THEM AS CHRISTIANS.

THINK SERIOUSLY. IN THE PAST 5-10 YEARS, HAVE YOU NOTICED ANY DIFFERENCE? NONE AT ALL? SOMETHING? ANYTHING? IF NOT, OR NOTHING SIGNIFICANT, THEN LET’S CONSIDER THIS: IF THE WORLD AROUND US SEEMS TO BECOMING DARKER AND DARKER, DON’T BLAME THE DARKNESS!


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