At dusk last night, the sky around us seemed unusual. All around the horizon, the sky was gray, except in spots like this one.
In the midst of that cloudy sky, many bright spots of blue sky and lighted clouds like the one above peeked out. I kept seeing another and another and another.
Those bright spots are exactly what God wants us to be and what He and we want our children to be. This is how the apostle Paul expressed it to the Philippians.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing;
so that you will prove yourselves
to be blameless and innocent,
children of God above reproach
in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,
among whom you appear as lights in the world,
holding fast the word of life,
so that in the day of Christ
I will have reason to glory
because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.
That imagery is powerful—lights in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. Like every person who has ever lived, we live “in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.” As we walk in Christ, we “appear as lights in the world.” We must never underestimate the power God unleashes in the world when we let our light shine.
Paul devoted his life to sharing the gospel and helping disciples stay faithful to Christ. Like Paul, we want those we teach to hold fast the word of life. We want them to be what Jesus declared His disciples to be.
You are the light of the world . . .