You know, the thing that sets you apart from all others, that defines you as a human, that places you in an elite crowd, that makes you, you.
Who you are in Christ, and the relationship you have with the Creator of all living things is actually a pretty big deal despite what the world we live in has to tell us.
Growing up in a small town with a big family, I quickly realized that this world is made up of many, many, MANY different kinds of people. So what am I here for? Where can I help? What’s my calling?
Well I can tell you this, I have not yet ultimately fulfilled my calling.
Christ calls us out of the flesh to pick up the slack and advance the kingdom of heaven. He calls us to BE the light. What light?
I’m a hunter. But not your stereotypical big chested, suspender wearing, flannel covered bearded man with a single shot break over 12 gauge shot gun in one hand and a 14 point buck thrown over my shoulder and beams of light glowing behind me from the sunset. I’m a duck hunter. Amateur at best, but one none the less.
When I’m walking out to my spot, pitch black at 5:30 in the morning, it can be pretty difficult to see where I’m going, unless, I have a flashlight. With a flashlight in hand, I can then see what’s coming in front of me, as opposed to the many times I have left my light at home, and walked smooth into a tree. Many. Times.
Just as in our Christian walk, there are so many times we tend to leave Christ at the house, in the car, even in our pockets. Right there, readily available, yet we don’t seek that guidance, or more than that, we don’t even trust in the guidance.
John 1:4-5 says “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
The Lord has called you to be the light. Constantly, endlessly. To shine bright as though you have never shone before!
On down in verses 7 and 8 John writes, speaking about himself, “he came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.”
It could be that God’s love for us makes us do out of the ordinary things. But isn’t that what we’re called to do, to shine the light in a dark world. As the darkness in a room flees when a light is turned on, so will the sinful nature of this dark world flee when we shine the light of Jesus..
Calling: Be the light in this dark world.