The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. - John 1:4-5
I am thankful today that the darkness of this life can never extinguish the light of Christ. And one reason it can't is because Christ has called us to participate in the kingdom of God and the spreading of the Good News.
When I choose to live and lead on purpose - serving others - loving others - and walk humbly before God then the darkness does not stand a chance. When I choose to live off purpose - selfishly - with arrogance then the darkness in this world grows and can have significant victories.
There is a very memorable quote by an Irish politician and philosopher that sums this idea up nicely:
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing - Edmund Burke
As a follower of Christ though, I know that while darkness may prevail for great periods of time in this world, and in seasons of my own personal life, that the light of Christ cannot be extinguished. His light prevails - His love and grace reign - His mercy and forgiveness make things new - His ways confuse and confound the darkness.
While my hope today is in this wonderful promise found in John's Gospel, I cannot forget the words of Edmund Burke. I have been called to participate in shining the light of Christ throughout the world. I must take this seriously regardless of the cost, knowing that when I do my spirit and the Spirit of God find community and fellowship in ways that enable me to endure, fight, and conquer the darkness.
Father, thank you for this message of hope. Thank you for never giving up on us - always loving us - fighting for us - and shining your light into the dark places of our souls. Holy Spirit, give us the courage to walk in the light and be the bearer of Good News to this world. Jesus, help us to have your eyes, your love, your compassion so that we draw those we love and lead out of the darkness and don't push them further into it, Amen.
- Do the people you love, lead, and serve see the light in your life?
- Are the conversations you have filled with darkness or are they filled light?
- Is the culture you are creating at home and at work one where the light can shine?
Make it a great day!