Growing up my father always tried to save money anyway he could. To this day, he still tries to conserve financially. One of the ways he did this, and still does, was to make sure we didn’t leave any lights on in the house. If we were done doing whatever it was in a certain room, when we left, we had to make sure the light was turned off. My father would also not turn on a light unless he felt it was absolutely necessary to do so. My father would rather walk around in the dark and risk bumping into things then waste turning on a light. It got to a point where my brother and myself would not turn on a light rather we would wait for our father to turn it on. So this meant that there would be times when we would be sitting at the dinner table eating in the dark. On one of these occasions, my brother and myself were eating in the dark, my father came over and finally turned on the light. As soon as my father turned on the light, my brother blurted out “Oh, we’re having pasta tonight.”
Just like my brother and myself couldn’t see what we were eating because we were sitting in the dark, when we’re not walking in the light, we are unable to see what we are doing. Paul said it this way in Ephesians “Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:7-14 ESV)
Light expels darkness and allows you to see more clearly. We use to walk around in the darkness but because of Jesus, we can walk in the light. This world is sitting in the dark. They don’t know what they are doing. They can’t see what is in front of them. They are stumbling because they can’t see where they are going. They need us to be the light. They need us to shine. They need us to burn bright. They need us to bring them to Christ so that He can shine on their circumstance, their situation, their problem, their marriage, their finances, their family, their community, and their world.
Jesus told us to let our light shine before people in order that they may see. (See Matthew 5:16) So don’t hide any longer, don’t allow your light to go out, and don’t let the world continue to walk in darkness.