Saturday, 12 January 2019

From darkness to light

So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ – Acts 26.15-18

Paul had no problem sharing his testimony before anyone. Here he is before Agrippa and he simply launches into testimony of how he was saved. He tells about how Jesus appeared to him and commissions him. We get a little more detail that what Luke told us earlier.

There is a lot there, but there is a phrase that sticks out to me. He says that part of his commission was to turn people from darkness into light.

There is not much of a greater contrast than darkness and light. John tells us about the darkness of the world. I think it is obvious to us today that we still live in a world of terrible heavy darkness.

And here we are. We are to carry the Light of the world into the darkness. We are to shine as lights in the darkness. Just as Jesus sent Paul into the world to turn the world from darkness to light so He send us to do the same in our world of darkness.

What are we doing to make this dark world light? One thing is true – the darker the dark the more we can shine. How do we walk as lights in this world? We just keep loving God and loving others with all of our being. We share our faith and we love and we meet needs. We point others to light by our words and our works.

Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

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