When a light shines it radiates out in every direction moving in a straight line. But, when a solid, opaque object stands in the way of a beam of light a shadow forms behind the object. The light is blocked and no longer shines beyond the object in its path.
The Bible says that Christians are to let their light shine before others so they will see our good deeds and thus glorify our Heavenly Father (Mt 5:16). Who is the Source of light in the hearts of believers? Second Corinthians 4:6 tells us this, “For God, who said, let light shine out of darkness, made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ” (emphasis mine). We are to reflect the face (light) of Christ as His followers.
So, what causes the Light within us to be blocked from the world around us? What “objects” get in the way of Christ’s Light in our hearts shadowing Him from others? Perhaps fear of rejection? Maybe jealousy, rage, bitterness or unforgiveness stands in the path of our light. Whatever the reason there are ways to remove the “object” and once again let our light shine.
If fear of rejection shadows your light ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with His courage and strength. If you are harboring the sins of jealousy, rage, bitterness or unforgiveness toward others, repent of them to God in the Name of Jesus Christ. The Power of God’s forgiveness in you will smash those sinful “objects” allowing your light to again shine forth.
The Word of God also tells us that, “the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2Cor 4:4). But, Praise to God that His Word also says, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1John 4:4).
So, let us shine our Greater Light from within so that the minds of unbelievers will no longer be blinded by the enemy. Let us pray to God asking Him to remove any “object” in our lives which blocks His Light to the world around us. Let us say, “Goodbye shadows”.
“Holy Spirit of the Living God, come now and search our hearts. If there is fear, give us Your courage. Reveal to each one of us any area of sin we are holding onto so that we may quickly repent. In the Name of Jesus Christ, we confess all things in our lives which might cast shadows and prevent others from seeing Your Light. We commit our lives to You, Lord. Use us this day to reach the hurting and the lost in this world. We pray all of these things in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Kami R. Lobner