Blinded By The Light

In the hospital where I work part-time, the Engineering department has recently changed the lights in a couple of the halls to LEDs, which are a great deal brighter.  Having walked these particular halls many times over the last five years, it has been very strange to see. Even though these particular halls are filled with windows, the amount of extra light is a bit surreal.  I could always see well in these halls, but now, I can see everything.

 

In John 8:12, we are told, “Jesus spoke to them again: ‘I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.’”  His light is a radiant, glorious light that shows everything. Particularly, His light illuminates the dark world in which we live. A world that appears by many observations to be getting darker and darker.  We should not be surprised by this. As we are also told in John 3:19-21 (CSB), “This is the judgment: The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light and avoids it, so that his deeds may not be exposed. But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.”

 

People are getting bolder and bolder with their sins, but this does not mean that their sins are worse.  All sin is separation from God. It is just getting more noticeable to us. Try this exercise sometime: Leave the lights off inside your home one afternoon when the sun is bright, and depending on the placement of your windows, you will likely see well enough to function.  But what happens as the sun changes position or goes down. After a while, it strikes one that, “Hey, it’s getting really dark in here.” That is what is happening. We notice the darkness more; but we do not need to despair. If we follow Jesus, we walk in the light, and do not need to fear the darkness, even though it is all around us.  Psalm 23:4 reminds us, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me. (KJV)”

 

I once worked in a building built in 1918.  Right off my office, there was a men’s room that we frequently used, because of its convenience.  It was old and dark, lit by one small bulb. But we were used to it, and never gave it much thought.  Then, one day, someone replaced the burnt-out light bulbs in it, and it was incredibly bright. And in that incredible brightness, we were able to see just how ugly and nasty that particular room was.  I started going further down the hall, to a men’s room that did not look like a 1950’s Texaco Station. What had changed? Only that the light had made me more aware of my surroundings.

 

In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus says, “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine  before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”  The light that we carry is our reflection of His light in us. And it makes the world a better-lit place. We do not have this light so that we can sit inside and fear the darkness outside.  We have it to illuminate the world and point them to Christ. So shine your light in this dark, scary world, realizing that some will prefer to curse the light, but also realizing that you may be the one to show someone the way to Jesus and keep them from stumbling headlong into eternal lostness.

 


One Response to “Blinded By The Light”

  1. Sharon says:

    Thank you Mike. I enjoy reading your blogs and your way off shedding a little “light” on the subject.

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