Let your light so shine
One of the hardest things for our human nature is to let the Light shine in our darkness. Those deep inner places we don't want God to mess with. Weakness, fear, bondage, things we loathe and things we like and don't want to give up. Yet to enjoy all the promised goodness and freedom of God's love, we have let it be on His terms.
"For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.
Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in
all goodness, righteousness, and truth)...
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather expose them...
But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light,
for whatever makes manifest is light.
Therefore He says: 'Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead,
and Christ will give you light.'"
~ Ephesians 5:8-14
The great gift of the Incarnation is that in accepting Christ's light, we are changed! Daily set free from the damaging works of darkness. There's nothing in the way now between us and God--unless we want it that way.
My prayer today is that we all will have a fresh revelation this Christmas of the incredible work He came to do for us. We are Light-bearers in this very dark world, and every word or deed is an opportunity to dispel darkness.
"You are the light of the world.
A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden,
nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand,
and it gives light to all who are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father in Heaven."
~ Matthew 5:14-16
Let the Light shine!