“The Light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it].”
JOHN 1:5 AMP
As I dig this out today, and rewrite a few things that I see from a clearer, and different perspective, the first thing that I would adjust is the Title.
This “little” light of mine.
First of all, the Light isn’t little, and it’s not something I can manufacture, it’s His Light living in me, and darkness… can’t even comprehend it!
The Light shines on in the darkness.
When I originally wrote this blog, I was looking with the wrong perspective.
Darkness was seemingly, overwhelming to me.
It appears to be everywhere.
You cant turn on the Tv, or go out into the world for very long and not see it’s presence.
Darkness takes on many forms, but the Strong’s concordance defines it as this;
- the darkness due to want of light
- metaph. used of ignorance of divine things, and its associated wickedness, and the resultant misery in hell
That last part is what I zoned in on. Ignorance of divine things.
Most people don’t even realize they are walking around in darkness, and others, are fully aware, and just choose to remain there, even when the Light has come.
But make no mistake about it, we have to choose One, The One True Light, or the other.
If we choose the Light, the Great news is, we don’t have to be afraid of the dark.
I have spent too much of my life being afraid of the dark.
For several years, I lived in the dark.
Immersed in it.
Though not as long as some, yet longer than others, it was enough of my life to realize I don’t want to live in darkness. The weight of shame and guilt and condemnation took a toll. The enemy doesn’t tell you all of that, when he wraps sin with a pretty, bedazzled, little bow.
Reminds me of George Straight’s song lyrics,
“I might have known it, but no body told me about this part.”- A showman’s life
I just told my little girl yesterday, as we were driving home and filtering through music, “You know mommy isn’t trying to be religious, right? She nodded. Then I exclaimed, “I just Hate satan.”
When you become a fanatic for Jesus, people may think you’re weird, but there was a woman in the Bible, who had been bound by darkness and set free by Jesus, and I can totally relate.
“Now there was a woman in the city who was [known as] a sinner; and when she found out that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume; and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began wetting His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and [respectfully] kissed His feet [as an act signifying both affection and submission] and anointed them with the perfume. Now when [Simon] the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this Man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching Him, that she is a [notorious] sinner [an outcast, devoted to sin].” Jesus, answering, said to the Pharisee, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he replied, “Teacher, say it.” “A certain moneylender had two debtors: one owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they had no means of repaying [the debts], he freely forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I take it, for whom he forgave more.” Jesus said to him, “You have decided correctly.””
LUKE 7:37-43 AMP http://bible.com/1588/luk.7.37-43.amp
In Matthew’s account,
Jesus went on to say, that this woman’s act would be notorious throughout the earth from that day forward.
Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her. Matthew 26:13
She let her light shine, because that Light had totally expelled the darkness in her.
Now that Light and Life in Jesus was overtaking everything…
including her care of what others thought.
Their darkened hearts of pride couldn’t comprehend what The Light had done for her.
The darkness in her life had been broken in the presence of The Light, and now nothing could stop her.
She found Who (Jesus) and what (Love) she had been looking for.
The Light alone, will cause you to sell out extravagantly.
I had a conversation with someone today where I would have once said, I chose to let my “little” light shine, by sharing what He has done for me-
but I no longer mistake His Light for little.
This Light in me, is extravagant.
He is Extravagant.
What He has done for me, and in me, is breaking through, today more than ever.
When I release the Light in me,
and that’s our part….
To “Let” the Light Shine.
To Let, His will be done-
And Darkness trembles.
Let’s Let His Light shine on in the Darkness for all to see, and Be Drawn.
Darkness has to flee, as we Let His Light BE, in us.
Let your LARGER THAN LIFE, LIGHT, shine today.