Shine Brightly

Prophetically, the Bible mentions eclipses in times of judgment. Of course the greatest judgment ever levied was when the Light of the World took the darkness of sin upon Himself at the cross and settled the sin debt once and for all! Yet, August 21 is an interesting day as Americans have gotten so excited over the sun being eclipsed by the moon. 

Isn't it something that the moon has no light itself?  The only way we are able to see it is when the sun reflects off of it?

We are all born into this world in darkness because sin is who we are. Given time, we will declare our true state in rebellion against the Light and Life of this world. God's greatest desire is for us to allow Him to shed His light on and through us. 

"for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light" Ephesians 5:8

The only hope we have is to flee the darkness and choose light. 

"Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, 'I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.'"  John 8:12

Yet, this week, we are showing our fascination for darkness with all the hype regarding the eclipse.  We are naturally drawn to the darkness and what it offers. 

To be free from the allure of the world, sin and darkness, we must choose light. It is not always convenient or comfortable to live in the brightness as it exposes our imperfections and literally brings heat into our lives. 

Yet, there is no hope apart from His Light and Life. So when it's all said and done on Monday the 21st, what will you remember the most? Will it be the darkness that covered the earth or will it be the fact that light once again overcame the darkness. Light wins every time!

Will you shine brightly this week?  Or will you try and hide your light?  If you are a follower of Christ, we must shine brightly in this dark and sin-ridden world. 

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."  Matthew 5:14-16