Predawn glimmer gave a faint purple hue against the ceiling of the sky as I drove to work this morning. I hate early mornings, but sometimes my job makes me come in before the rest of the world is awake. It is during this time that I have the best conversations with my Father.
This morning I was thinking about light.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16
Our pastor spoke about light one Sunday. His notes said:
“Light’s function: to expose what’s in the darkness.”
The faint purple hue becomes bright over the edges of the mountains, but I was in an office with no windows. It’s a sunrise I’ve seen hundreds of times over the years. Eventually, the shadows shrink as the light grows brighter until the sun is a ball of warmth against a blue canvas. God is a true artist.
Like my pastor said, “As salt, we have the ministry of presence; as light, we have the ministry of good works.” We need to grow, “in beatitude character,” to, “have a positive influence on our corrupt and dark world.”
Light without authority is not light, but an imitation of something we seek, and reject because of the baggage of our past. Our hurts tell us we aren’t worthy of Christ’s sacrifice. Our mind tells us we must work to earn our way to Heaven. The demons say we can be gods and that God hates us. Sin says what the Bible says is too simple; there must be something for us to do to make us worthy.
The Light, Jesus, is like that dawn this morning; one day the world will know the truth, but it will be too late. Right now, we’ve only got this predawn glimmer–the hope of what’s to come.Now is the time to examine the foundations of your belief. To be perfect is an unattainable goal. To be a god, you’d have to be perfect. All you have to do is look at the chemical make-up of our world to see how perfectly in sync it is with each other; how the sun rises and sets; how the winds blow; water flows; atoms react; and how perfectly placed planet earth is to the sun so it sustains life on earth.
We already have ‘gods’ of this world, and look at what power does to corrupt and tempt. Power changes a person. To give a human being the power of being god is to bring sin and hopelessness to the afterlife. History teaches us that no human can achieve perfection in a hundred lifetimes.
Seeking things outside of God reflects the searching in our hearts and the wounds others have placed there, the sin we have allowed in. It’s only when we allow the true Light into our soul that the shadows are cleared away.