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"Used To The Darkness"

July 22, 2012

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And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. John 3:19

In 1789 when the Bastille, the castle-like prison in Paris, was about to be destroyed, a long-term inmate was brought out.

He had lived in his gloomy cell for a good many years.

Sadly, instead of welcoming his liberty, the man begged to be taken back to his hole. Unaccustomed to the sunlight, he had only one desire: to die in the murky dungeon that had held him captive for so long. No, not everybody wants to be in the light.

Sadly, in our time, too many agree with that man and feel comfortable living in the darkness. Over the years their eyes have grown so accustomed to the darkness they think the black all around them is the way things are supposed to be.

Unacquainted with the perfect God of Scripture, not knowing the loving sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, they are unable to imagine life can and ought to be different. They certainly have no inkling that Jesus has lived His life for them, died a cruel death for them, and then rose on the third day, so their days and eternities could be changed.

So they might know is why Jesus has given us a job.

We are to share the light of the Lord with a world that has loved and embraced the darkness. We are to help them see the Savior who gave Himself as a living Sacrifice, so they might have the blinding scales of sin removed from their eyes and they might see the Lord who loves them very much.

As my grandchildren would say, "We have been given an awesome job by an awesome God."

Psalm 96:2-3 says it this way: "Sing to the Lord, bless His Name; tell of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!"

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, let me share the Savior's light with those who have grown accustomed to the dark. Use me to gently move them from the dark and sinful world they know to the bright world of the Savior and the salvation His sacrifice makes possible. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,

Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 33, 43, 66    Philippians 1

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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