March 19

Ephesians 5:11-14

“For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light.” vss. 12-14a

Darkness can be a comfortable place to live. Folks can do what they please, not worry about who they hurt, and shamelessly gratify every passion and desire, while living totally for themselves. But the moment light shines in that darkness, everything is up for grabs. People can no longer go on living for themselves, and the light that has been hidden in them is drawn toward the invading light. In those circumstances hardened sinners will begin to let their light shine before others. That’s how evangelism at its best works in this world. It’s not a matter of hammering sinners with the law, hoping to shame them into doing good in response to guilt. Instead we simply let our light shine in every circumstance and before every person. The only thing capable of piercing the shroud of darkness that hangs over so many is focusing the light of love on it. Focused light burns holes in the most impenetrable defence shields and destroys the power of sin. As it says in the gospel of John, when the Light of Christ came into the world, darkness could not overcome it, even death was rendered powerless. Our mission as children of the light could not be more obvious–it’s simply a matter of obeying the command of Jesus to let our light shine. It’s an old refrain, but the only true tune!

Thought for the Day: What darkness still resides in me?

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