Light. Let there be light. Fiat lux.
At His word, there was light. That would dispel the darkness. And so there was light.
Then, He made us. And then, there was darkness again. Darkness within us, that was not easily dispelled.
Created light was not enough. His own Light was the only thing that could cast out the shadows. This Light, the darkness could not overcome it; it shines within the darkness. No more would the sun be our light by day, no more the moon and stars by night. He would be our Light eternal.
Now, we who bear His Light are asked to shine. But we choose to gather our light with light, and watch as shadows gather about the world. Lights are not meant to be gathered but rather spread to dispel the most amount of darkness to their utmost. No one places two lamps side-by-side. Except us, Christians.
Maybe it is harder to shine when you know that you are the only one lighting up a particular area. That is a lot of pressure. Or maybe we have fallen in love with our own kind of light, and so we would rather just look at light like ours rather than guide those who do not shine. Or could it be that we are lazy, that it isn’t always comfortable being different from other people, taking the high road, being kind to the unkind?
Or maybe our light isn’t light at all but darkness.
Could it be that we cannot shine in the darkness because we bear light in name but not in truth? Or perhaps we once did but we abandoned it. What greater darkness is there than the shadow which once shined? Could that be why our churches look more like social clubs than instruments, families, of God? Where we go to have fun and gossip and talk Christ on Sundays while we live Judas throughout the week?
We need fellowship. But the world needs us. And we need to find a balance of sharing the light of Christ and replenishing our spirits. Ultimately, Christ is enough though. No person can help us to shine more than the one who created the Light. Shine for Him, and you will never find yourself short of Light.