Every time the electricity goes out we become acutely aware of the truth that we need light. Most of the time, it’s only out for hours. It’s definitely an inconvenience, but then suddenly it comes back on and we breathe a sigh of relief that our day can return to normal.
However, sometimes it’s not just an interruption to our day, sometimes it’s an interruption to our lives. Several years ago, in the dead of winter an ice storm invaded our area of the country. The electricity went out. There were so many places hit that the repairs took not simply hours, but days. The house got colder by the second and each evening the darkness descended. Normally we simply take light for granted and don’t even think about it. Flip a switch and the light appears. Some homes even have the technology that when someone walks into a room the light turns on automatically. And many of us have motion sensor lights guarding the outsides of our homes.
Light is important, and we don’t equip our homes with lights and then cover them up. That is just foolish.
“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.” Luke 8:16-18
When we come to Christ, His light comes to dwell in us. How foolish it is for us not to let it shine. The world can be a very dark place. It needs every bit of our light shining.