Beacons in the Darkness
by Judy Webb
“Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society.”
Philippians 2:15 (MSG)
“So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which you shine like stars in the universe.” Philippians 2:15 (NIV)
Squalid, polluted, crooked and depraved are words used in two versions of Philippians 2:15. Do these words adequately describe our culture today? They are strong descriptions that cause us to wonder if we can change a world so deeply embedded in evil. Many feel helpless and hopeless, wondering what can be done.
As Christians, we know the first thing we can and should do is pray. Setting aside time in our day to pray for all the situations we find so concerning, praying for answers to these problems and for Christian leadership to surface and take charge. Prayer changes everything.
There is another thing we can do, and that is to smile. We must put on a united front and go out into the world with joy on our faces. Many people need to see us smiling and grinning while we work. Smiles shine through our eyes and give others cause to wonder what makes us so happy.
Unhappy people need to interact with joy filled folks. Our actions can be a breath of fresh air. Like a lighthouse guiding floundering ships to shore. This bright and unusual demeanor could even prompt someone to ask us what we have to smile about. Be sure to be prepared to give your answer. It could have Kingdom consequences.
Remember, as Christians we are light bearers in a dark world. We cannot create the light, but we reflect the glory of the Lord so others may see Jesus in them.
I this world of uncertainty and sadness, let us, Your children, be the beacon of light and sunshine. Give us courage to enter a room filled with those who don't yet know you and shine your light. Amen.