You are sitting in the center of a completely dark room. Pitch black. The darkness is so thick that it feels as you have been tightly bound in a ebony blanket. You are not tied down, and are free to walk about the room, yet you find some solace in remaining where you are. So you decide to attempt to quietly wait for a rescue. Does anyone know where you are? Will they look for you? Little do you know that a man is waiting outside that room for you to call out to Him. One cry of “Help me” will bring you out of this wrenched darkness into the fresh air and light. But you remain, waiting in the dark.
This world is sitting in the darkness. People are lost in the dark. They can not tell which direction is best, so they remain in the same condition, doing the same things, with the same captive results every time. The room in which they dwell contains many distractions to keep one occupied and captive. The definition of stupidity is the act of doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Ta-DA. They remain in the blackness, doing the same routine: drink this, smoke that, sleep with… Yet they remain inside this dungeon where nothing changes.
So how do we rescue someone in this situation? We enter the darkness with our candle. It is only a small light, but it is light. From that small token of light the darkness is pierced and the exit can be seen. One can step over, throw away, run from their grave of acceptance and go toward the light. In the real world they need to go to The Light, Jesus Christ.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14-16
So if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it in darkness, you will be radiant, as though a lamp were shining on you. Luke 11:36
Can you see it? Jesus is the man outside the room waiting for someone to call out. The believer must shine their candle into the darkness and lead the lost ones to Christ. The more Christians there are the more light is visible. The captive can be set free by seeing the candle and walking towards the light of Christ. Simple analogy, but one to think on. If they do not know what is going on. Proverbs 4:19, “But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they are stumbling over.“
The only light some people ever see comes from Believers. The only way they will find God is that we be sure our candle is as bright as possible and show the world the Way. We must stop trying to impress others with our knowledge of the Bible and get down to brass tacks: Am I hiding my light? Am I trying to keep it all to myself so I do not stumble?
In these last days the spiritual climate is somewhere beyond just dark. Murder, drugs, theft, violence, and sexual immorality are just a few of the things that dwell in the darkness. Today even things that used to be hidden sins are done blatantly and openly without shame. If we shine God’s light these horrors will be seen for what they really are:sin. Romans 3:23 clearly states, For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
Let us hold to God’s standards and shine our light. Once we do our part, He will handle the rest. Take your candle, shine your light in the darkness SO ALL CAN SEE!