Thursday, January 7, 2020
I do not like doing any work in the dark. I prefer to work on a project with plenty of light. I want to be able to clearly see every detail of what needs to be done. There are very few jobs that can be accomplished in the dark. Perhaps the study of darkness is the only one.
Therefore, I own more flashlights than the average person. There are four in the bedroom alone. There are at least four in the camper. I have one in each vehicle, plus an additional work light in the car that I drive the most. I have two small flashlights in my hunting bag, plus a large spotlight for tracking game. There are additional small flashlights at strategic locations throughout the house. I have rechargeable lights and a large supply of batteries for the ones that aren’t. Whatever job I need to do, the first thing I do is grab a flashlight.
Light reveals what cannot be seen in the darkness. Light is necessary to repair the problems hidden by the darkness. But light does not do the repair. The repair must be done by someone skilled who uses the light to guide the work being done. Light alone does not solve a problem. There must be a worker who is committed to accomplishing the task.
This is the principle taught by Jesus in John 9:4-5.
“We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Mankind is walking in darkness. They are avoiding the Light because they love their deeds done in the darkness. They are terrified of allowing their deeds to be exposed by the Light. But unless they come into the Light they will eternally dwell in darkness. Sinners need the Light to expose their sin so it can be removed and they can live in the Light of God’s glory.
That’s where you and I come in. Jesus is the Light of the world. When we repent of our sin, Jesus comes in the Person of the Holy Spirit and dwells in us. We are called to be the Light of the world and the workers who do the work of God. The work of God is to shine the Light of His glory into the darkness of sin so that sinners can be rescued from eternal darkness.
You have the Light in you if you have been saved from your sin by Jesus. So long as you are still in this world, it is day. You have the glorious privilege of being a worker doing the works of God. The Light is on. Get to work.