The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.
You know what, it’s pretty easy to see that we live in a dark world and Isaiah 5:20 say’s “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil”.
Everywhere we turn there is sin, pain, and evil and as time goes on we are seeing more and more evil being praised as good. People don’t want to accept responsibility for their sin, instead they blame it on the way they were raised or the society around them. Of course that’s very evident in the U.S. but look over seas. European countries are notoriously dark places and the U.S. is following in their footsteps. Yet Isaiah 9 talks about a great light! Who is that light? It’s Jesus! He came to earth and was crucified so that we could spread God’s light throughout the world.
I’ve been thinking about our conversation last night, and this is what came to me this morning. We are to be the light to the world! We are to show other’s God’s love! People will see us and build their assumptions about Christians based on what they see. Are we going to mess up? YES. Will we fall? YES. We know that we cannot be perfect, and hopefully we’re aware of that throughout our days. But we should live in such a way that our life can be defined by the example we set for God, not defined by the mistakes we make. We should be that light that draws others to Christ, not the darkness that pushes them away!
Son, you have been invited to be a part of a club at school that has the possibility of being a really good experience. Although, based on the direction of the club, and the premise behind the club, it may turn out to be something we choose to not have you involved in because it could put you in a position where you are asked to compromise on your values and approve of lifestyles that are against God’s plan.
Just being involved in the club could be a tough call to make, but I encourage you to pray about it (as we will as a family) and seriously review what the goals, mission, and focus of the club are before you accept the invitation to join. I want you to be able to shine a light for the Lord and show love to everyone, but I don’t want to put you in a position where you’re asked to endorse something that goes against God’s plan for you. We are called to be the light, not to blend in with everyone else, and I want to make sure we put you in positions where you can shine that light rather than putting you into situations where you’re asked to compromise.
I love you guys, and hope this encourages you to shine the light for Jesus! See you in a while!