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From a Mother's Heart

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By Bea Wallen

Christians to be the light of Christ to the world

 

Many times I have entered a restaurant in the evening and found the lights turned low. Barely able to see, I followed a waiter to a table nearly stumbling in the darkness as I fumbled for a chair to set down. The waiter brought a menu, and I squinted to read it. But the longer I sat there, the more clearly I could see around me. I became accustomed to the darkness.

We can look around us and see the world as it becomes more accustomed to the darkness.

We can look around us, and see the world as it becomes more accustomed to darkness. Ephesians 5:11 tells us to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

Even some churches today are getting accustomed to darkness. Sadly to say, a subtle brainwashing is taking place that is gradually desensitizing believers to the darkness of sin. Though our generation stumbles in the darkness, claiming no absolute truth “the Lord is my light and my salvation” Psalm 27:1.

With God’s light, we know there is truth. With God’s light, we see that broad-minded tolerance is really just peaceful coexistence with evil, and compromise is the crucifixion of the conscience.

The first fundamental goal of Christian is to be like Christ- a light in a dark world. There is no peaceful coexistence between light and darkness! The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore you eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.

But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness, Matthew 6: 22,23.

The Bible asks, “What communion has light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14. A step away from light is a step toward darkness. A step away from Jesus is a step toward Satan. “For you were once darkness, but now you are light the Lord. Walk as children of light---proving what is acceptable to the Lord” Ephesians 5:8-10.

Christ came as light, and men did not understand Him. When He was born, Herod tried to snuff out His light. When He spoke, the light of the gospel terrified the religious world. When He prayed, the devil and the demons trembled in the glow of His presence. When He rose from the grave, Roman guards fell to the ground completely overtaken by His radiance. We are to be children of light.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world, He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” John 8:12. We are to be light of Christ to the world. If America is to see the light, it must come from us. If our family is to see the light, it is because we are willing to live for Christ.

In the parable of the talents, Jesus said that talents were assigned by the will of the master to his servants, see Matthew 25:14-30. One received five, another two, another just one. Each man according to his ability. The one-talented man buried his talent. Because he was ashamed, he made an excuse to his master. He lost his talent. God does not like excuses.

God has made an investment in us. He knows each of us according to our ability. He calibrated our lumens, making some of us candles that glow softly and others as laser beams. We are the light of God in our homes, our city, our streets, our neighborhood, and even on our jobs.

We must hold high the torch of the gospel until every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (see Romans 14:11).

From my heart.