Fresh Manna 2008 by Pastor Tim Burt
Phil 2:15 “…so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.”
I remember when I was a kid; we would turn out the lights and hide in the room for someone to find us. It was pitch black and scary. I remember once being out camping on a very dark cloudy night. Our flashlights lost power and it was so dark we couldn’t see where we were. It was a terrifying experience. Riding through a dark tunnel just for a moment on some kind of amusement ride was also fun. Darkness works in movie theaters, for sleeping, for seeing stars clearly and a few other things, but beyond that, the dark is not usually a very good experience.
We are all surrounded by man made sources of light but Satan continually works to introduce ever increasing levels of spiritual darkness. The world is getting darker. Acceptance by mankind of things that used to be seen as dark is fresh evidence of that! Profanity, sexual immorality, perverse behaviors, and materials of the occult, are now accepted as normal and everyday. How do people feel about it? Some are naive or blinded and just don’t think about it. Others sense it’s not right. Deep inside they know they don’t like it but they don’t know how to identify this darkness nor do they know what to do about it.
If we recognize that this is happening – that though people might not say much, they don’t like how things are getting darker, we can take advantage of it for Jesus. There is one thing you can always count on that is absolutely true – people don’t like darkness and desire to gravitate toward light. If you love Jesus and are living for Him, you are that source of light. They sense something different about you and are drawn to it. As they are, are you ready and equipped? Can you share something with them about the source of your light? Do you have a “light manual” you could give to them? Can you tell them about this light named Jesus in you and how He led you out of darkness? 1 Pet 3:15 say, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…”
Today’s Fresh Manna says that as we let God change us and help us to become blameless and pure children of God amongst the darkness and depraved, that we can shine like stars in the universe.
I was outside one night recently. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the stars were so bright. I could only hold in awe the handiwork of God. You and I are that handiwork of God to those trapped in the darkness of this world. When you carry Him in your heart and let Him shine through you, then don’t be surprised to find out that people are watching you and are drawn to you. Sometimes it’s important to share your testimony of what Jesus did for you and other times it’s important just to let people see God’s love in action through your life. They’ll come to gaze more. Be ready and when the time is right, let them know the source what it is they sense in you! There can be a few areas where darkness works, but for the most part, people want to come out from it and move toward the light. Let it shine!
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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