Illuminated

Christmas Lights SetI love looking at Christmas lights. I don’t mind tacky or too much. I like the colored lights and I like trees lit with only one color. I pretty much like all of them. I am a fan of light in general. I’m not super freaked out by the darkness, but I would prefer to have light if I’m going out in the dark.  Paul really speaks with boldness on this subject in Ephesians. Check this out…

 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. (Ephesians 5:8-13 NIV)

 

Darkness can hide secret behavior. If it’s daylight, it’s harder to hide. My Mom used to say that nothing really productive and good after midnight. I would get this speech when I wanted to be out with my friends really late. She was right in thinking of my friends back in High School.

I remember a trip to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. While we were touring the cave, we sat down in this huge room and the guide turned off all the lights and darkness seems as thick as a wool blanket. I couldn’t see my hand right next to my eye. It was pitch black and eerie.  He then lit a small wooden match and the huge cave room was illuminated!  It was a principle that I never forgot. The thicker and the deeper the darkness, the more significant one little light is. I really want to be a light to others. I want the light of Jesus to live in me and through me. I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t always do a good job of this, but I really want to honor Creator God with my life and walk in the illumination of His Word!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

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