Thursday, January 03, 2008

Christmas is Past, the Light of It Remains

Yesterday all the Christmas decorations were taken down and put in boxes ready to be stored in the attic for another year.
The light of the Christmas tree no longer can be turned on early in the morning before daylight to brighten my spirits as I read God's Word and wait for the household to awaken. The lights outside on the eaves of the rooftop no longer light up the night to brighten the mood of those passing by in their cars, the candles are no longer out to bring a spicy Christmas fragrance to the house, and the pine wreath is gone no longer bringing its scent throughout the house. For a day or two, the house seems so bland and plain and without life.

However, the "Light" of the season still remains all year round, and brings life to us moment by moment of every day. John 8:12: "When Jesus spoke to the people, he said, "I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." Life without Christ has to be dull, drab, lonely, scary, and without hope. Christ came to earth to bring to the world His light and to give us the light of life, not just for today but for eternity. God wants us as believers to testify to the Light, and not hide our lights under a bushel. We are like the candle that lights up the darkness to those who do not believe. When Jesus met Paul at the Damascus road, and shined His light on Paul, Jesus gave Paul a commission to go to the Jews first, then to the Gentiles, "to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me."

Is God giving us any less of a commission today? He said---"Go and make disciples." We are to be lights in the world. We are to be different, we are to dispel the darkness in others' lives. We are not to be ashamed of the gospel of Christ. We are not to hide our lights under a bushel. Shine for Jesus this year! Let others see that your candle shines brightly in your hearts day by day! Let Christ shine in and through you this year!

Shine brightly for Jesus!


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