By Abby Phinney, Indiana
He was standing in a lighted room, a closed closet door beside him. He opened the door, and light streamed into the once-dark closet.
What was the point of this little exhibition? The man demonstrating explained, “Darkness does not take over light. Light takes over darkness. When I opened that door, darkness did not fill the room. No, the light lit up the closet.”
It’s the same with the Gospel. In Scripture, God says, “… if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7 NLT). Before we knew Him, we were in the dark, bumping into walls. We had no idea where the door was, if there was one at all. We tried to make our own light in different ways, searching for happiness in things that could never fully illumine our lives.
Then God opened the door, letting His radiance stream in on us. Those who accept the light are filled with His joy and no longer need to fear the dark. “For God, who said, ‘Let there be light in the darkness,’ has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
Now that we have seen God’s light, He sends us out into the world to open doors for others who “are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News” (2 Corinthians 4:4). We are to reflect what we were given to those still lost and stumbling around in the dark. For “we now have this light shining in our hearts … we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke’” (2 Corinthians 3:7, 13).
It’s important that we share about our faith. But when I was reminded of this in church one Sunday, I rebelled at first. I didn’t want to do anything that would take me outside my comfort zone. But Jesus says, “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” (Matthew 5:15). So let’s do our best to reflect the saving light of Christ into the darkness of this world, and “shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise [our] heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:16). To God be the glory, amen.