Glow sticks for Jesus

How much more light do the people need? I’m asking because everywhere I look, there’s darkness: Confusion, heartbreak, fear, evil. Black-as-night bleakness all over. Do you see it too in your corner of the world? Can be scary. Scary and depressing.

But (Gotta love this word. But = Praise God, good news is a’comin’!) there’s a remedy for the pain, the dreariness. And His name is Jesus:

“Jesus spoke again to the people and said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life’” (John 8:12).

Maybe you’ve heard this already. Maybe you even know His warmth personally. Oh, I hope so! There’s nothing like looking into the face of Jesus and knowing He’s got you. All that hope, glory, newness, and joy around you, inside you. Sometimes it’s too much to imagine. But it’s true.

So let’s assume you’re drawn to the Light, that you enjoy a well-lit path and bright future. What now? What do you do with all that hope, glory, newness and joy? It’d be a crying shame to hoard it:

“No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house” (Matthew 5:15).

Last night at Bible study, we discussed the Light. And His powerful presence oozing out our pores, piercing the darkness. We all decided to go for it, to consciously become a human glow stick (Thanks, Alaina!) for Jesus. To hold out the word of life (Thanks, Jade!) for those still searching. And to shine our little lights in our little corners of the world.

You know, darkness has a tough time extinguishing light. In a room full of sunshine, it takes a whole lot of effort to go pitch black. But (there’s that “good news” word again) if a space is already pitch black—in a cave, for instance—just one tiny candle obliterates the bleakness. That teeny little light makes a world of difference.

So take heart, sister. Be confident and break open that glow stick of hope. 🙂 And may all the people find the one Light they need.

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 “… Among these people you shine like stars in the world because you hold on to the Word of life” (Philippians 2:15-16).

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