Monday, November 7, 2011

Light in the Darkness or Light in the Light?

Last week I blogged about being in the world, but not of the world. It's a difficult balance, as Christians, to be relevant to those outside the faith while still standing apart from worldly things. Too often in our efforts to avoid being of the world, we cease to be "in" the world as well. But how can we be salt and light to the world, if we never enter into the world?

Have you ever shined a flash light during the day.  It doesn't do much, does it? But turn on the same light at night and it makes a huge impact. If, as Christians, we only "shine our light" to other Christians, yes we will still be a light, but nothing compared to if we shine our light into the darkness.

Jesus associated with the tax collectors, lepers, prostitutes, and sinners. He shunned the pharisees (religious leaders) of his day. He offered salvation to all, and loved us while we were still sinners.

My world is small, and I am surrounded by light. It is easy to shine in this environment. Am I courageous enough, and relevant enough, to dare to face the darkness, and shine my light there? Are you?

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

Chatty Kelly


Sonya Lee Thompson said...

Fabulous word, Kelly! To be a light in the darkness is where it will make the most difference. But some of us are afraid of the dark! LOL! Guess that's why we take our Light (Jesus) with us. :-)

Penny said...

What a great analogy!

Melanie said...

I sure want to! Been praying for those different kinds of opportunities.

Zoe said...

Hey beautiful Kelly! LOVED your post today. You are such a gifted writer/speaker. You are too sweet, I'm happy to meet you for some shopping. Now that our son is a new pilot with American Airlines I can fly very reasonably. A girls weekend in the spring for some consignment store and GoodWill stores sounds like fun to me. Hugs to you.