No this is not about the “Hate It or Love It” song by 50 Cent and the Game, this is about light.
This is simply a post of encouragment for all of you Believers out there to fear not and to keep shinning your light. A lot of times we find ourselves in dark places and we ponder about this dark and corrupt world we live in which is filled with all kinds of wickedness and evil, and we tend to get overwhelmed at times and even begin to fear. It can also become a hindrance and even paralyze us from moving forward.
Have you ever tried to walk when it is pitch black all around and you cannot even see your hand even if you held it up close to your face? Have you ever tried to walk while it is pitch black all around WHILE in the midst of an earthquake? I can imagine that this is what it feels like at times to be a Christian in a world of sin and I can imagine that this would be tremendously frightening and terrifying.
I remember when I was in Nanyuki, Kenya and when we would drive back to our hotel at night (since there is not much electricity to go around) it was pitch black otuside and the only thing generally lighting our way was the car’s headlights and sometimes other on-coming cars. It was scary and intimidating even then with the headlights on; I can only imagine how fear would come upon us if the headlights went out somehow and there was no light left to guide our way.
Can you imagine the fear? Have you ever felt that fear? I am using this physical metaphor of light, just like Scripture does, to make my point about the spiritual realm. Christians are well aware that this physical world is not the only realm we are interacting and participating in on a daily basis here on earth. Have you ever experienced the darkest of dark surrounding you? Does it not seem overwhleming and scary?
But I tell you the truth, never can it be possible for even the blackest of black darkness to overpower or overcome the smallest light!
Think of stars in the sky. If you live in Los Angeles you know that when you go out on a dark night you will most likely see 10 stars at best! But if you went out in the middle of nowhere with no citylights, you can see stars (with colors and sizes) that you have never even seen before or even knew existed.
Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah…
Cherry Springs State Park, PA…
So what is the point? My point is that it is in fact while we are in the midst of utter darkness that we shine the brightest and that in that utter darkness others can see the light clearer.
We are actually called to BE and in fact ARE the light of this world….
“You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14)
Jesus Himself said that, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” (John 12:46) We no longer stay in darkness because we are in Christ now, who is the light. And we are the light now because we are in Christ.
Again, think about it, the place that light occupies cannot be overcome or overtaken by the place that darkness occupies. Darkness is merely the absense of light. Darkness cannot exist in the place that light exists and occupies.
And when we look at the continuation of what Matthew says about us being the light….”You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
We see that the PURPOSE of being the light is to shine before others and to ultimately bring praise to God. If we get that and if we grasp and embrace our purpose we will certainly not be afraid but we will be even bolder to shine even brighter than ever before.
So I encourage you to keep on shinning, homie, until your heart stops. Because we have the BEST reason to shine and we know that when we DO shine that nothing can overcome or destroy us.