Are You Living in the Light?

Pastor DaronCrossLife Blog

The darkest, most dangerous space in my house is the garage. No windows. Besides the big garage door, it has two doors, one that goes into the house, and the other into the backyard. Fortunately, my fancy garage door opener system has a motion sensor light inside the garage. 

So I’ll walk into the garage from the house to grab a bottle of cleaning solution off the shelf, and the motion sensor identifies me. Good, because I need to walk around two cars, find the section of shelving where my cleaners are stored, and then discover that the bottle isn’t where I thought. 

After a little searching—interrupted briefly as I remember I need to reset my lawn sprinkler controller—the automatic garage door opener system light shuts off. Total. Darkness. And I’m on the other side of the garage so I can’t reactivate the motion sensor. 

This has happened numerous times, half of which I made it back safely, half of which I injured myself a little (or a lot, I’ll show you the scars on my shins). 

There’s this really uncomplicated solution to that situation. A light switch. Conveniently located right next to the door connecting to the house. It turns on an overhead light that isn’t activated by my movements. With one easy flip of that switch, I can find my cleaning solution without any trouble. Light makes all the difference.

Are you living in the light? Maybe you’ve had similar dark garage experiences. But I’m talking more about life. As in living. Daily living like awesome relationships, finances that are balanced, a calendar that isn’t master but servant and doesn’t own you, clear and confident decision-making, excellent health choices, and a faith that is passionate about Jesus.

These are all on your shelves as God’s blessings. Problem is, it gets dark in your world. And all the jumping jacks in the world can’t make it brighter. So you live in the dark, instead. Gloomy guilt. Shadows of past mistakes. Cloudy future. 

The bright light of Easter shines every day for you. The opening of Jesus’ tomb let the daylight in, but more than that, let Jesus’ light out. 

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the Light that shines into your shadows of regret, shines through your clouds of confusion, lights up the dark corners of your spiritual struggles, lights up your path as you step forward into a bright future.

God “made his light shine in our hearts” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

Jesus flips the switch and there is now a living, eternal light to brighten your world, your days, your heart and your attitude. It never goes out, either.

PRAYER: Shine on me, God, and let me reflect your light to those around me. Fill the dark spaces of my heart and life with your glorious grace in Jesus, and his resurrection light. Amen.

FURTHER MEDITATION: Read 2 Corinthians 4:7-17. How does this inspire you with God’s light? What does it help you overcome? How does it get you excited about your faith journey?