Colossians 1:1-23; Ezekiel 25-26; Isaiah 53
There’s a funny thing about darkness: when people are used to it, the light almost hurts. When people are in a dark room, turning on the lights will be a sudden change and you’ll hear people getting mad that you didn’t warn them. We become comfortable with darkness. When Paul speaks of darkness, he speaks of the realm of sin; the world of evil; a life without God. Life isn’t perfect in the dark, but we’re used to it. Then, we get exposed to the light of Jesus. The light breaks through the darkness, perhaps hurting our eyes. We put our hands in front of our faces to shield them from the light. At that point in life, we have two choices: we can run from the light and seek to hide in the darkness, or we can embrace life in the light and experience the joy of a restored relationship with God. “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:3-14) There is no greater joy than to live in fellowship with God. It begins uncomfortably as the light breaks through the comfort of our darkness. Then we slowly become accustomed to the light – the light of God breaking into our lives. As we live in the light we experience that redemption; we experience the forgiveness of sins; and we experience a new feeling of joy. Those who reject the light often talk about the benefits of darkness. That’s understandable. We who live in the light, though, have experienced both dark and light. We know what it’s like to live in the dark and can testify that living in the light of Christ is far better. At the same time, we should treat those living in the dark with tenderness, empathy and compassion. They haven’t experienced the joy of Christ and need to see that in our lives.
Lord, there are people that I see each day that are living in darkness. Help me be the light of Christ to them each and every day. Let the life I live in the light show those living in darkness that there is a better way. Let me share the joy of living in a restored relationship with You.