Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Today’s Topic: Light Shines
Today’s Text: Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress…The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:1-2)
Yesterday was gloomy. I’m not talking about the weather. The reality of millions of people – maybe even billions – living in distress and under duress is gloomy. The thought of millions of people walking in darkness as described in yesterday’s Scripture from Isaiah 8 is gloomy. Can someone please turn on the lights for them?
Yes He can, and He has. I saw it happen again just this morning. I prayed with a man who has had the light of God’s grace shine into his life save him from His sin. Just this morning he did that. The darkness did not overwhelm him. He saw the light, and there is no more gloom in his soul.
I cannot write more than that. I am overwhelmed that God used me to explain the Light to him. I am in awe of God’s Holy Spirit who revealed Jesus to him. I am inexpressibly thankful for his response to the Gospel message and that he is now fully and eternally my brother. He no longer walks in the darkness. He is right now walking in the light of God’s saving grace.
There is no greater thrill in life than to know we are accomplishing our purpose. Those of us who are followers of Jesus Christ know our purpose – to be light to those walking in darkness and to bring them to the One True Light. It is the greatest event in anyone’s life, when they discover life in the land of death. The next greatest event is when we get to be a part of leading someone else to that light. There should be no higher priority on our to-do list than to fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ to bring light to those living in darkness.
So let me ask you – when was the last time you had the thrill of turning on the light for someone?