Into The Darkness
It was in the early nineties that I had joined the military. One night, during a training exercise, our platoon decided to stop and rest after hours of walking. Everyone was glad to be able to take a break. Carrying the heavy equipment wears on the body over time. While we began to unwind a fellow soldier pulled out a cigarette – it was his way of relaxing. As he began to light it, a Sargent came up and stopped him. “So what’s wrong with taking a smoke?” the soldier asked. “Did you know that the light of a cigarette can be seen from two klicks* away?” explained the Sargent. “No”, the soldier replied. “We’ll now you know, so you should put that away or the enemy can spot you – we must train as we fight”, the Sargent said sternly. (For those who don’t know a “klick” is 1000 meters.) I often think of this moment when I read about Jesus being described as the light that came into the world.
“In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5).
In 1 Peter it tells us that we have been called “out of darkness into His wonderful light”. I even remember the songs we used to sing about this as a child. However, God did not pull us out of darkness into His light so we can bask in it. Instead, He pulled us out of the darkness into His light so we can take His light back into the darkness so others may be drawn out.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. 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)
Recently I heard a popular minister preach about how we ought to avoid people who come around us with negative attitudes and who bring us down. My heart sunk as these words flowed from his lips. The very people this minister was saying we should avoid are the ones we should be seeking out. When Jesus was questioned about this he responded.
“They that are in health have no need of a physician; but they that are sick.” Luke 5: 31
In daytime a cigarette light can hardly be seen, but it is in the darkness that where the light can be seen. Your light doesn’t have to be a flood light, it can be just a small cigarette light. So since we are called to go back into the darkness – as soldiers and ambassadors of God’s light – let us go with boldness knowing that the power that has set us free will free others as well. Get on the frontlines and don’t hide His light in you. Go into the darkness!
We are ambassadors therefore on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beseech you on behalf of Christ, be ye reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20