The blaze of competing lights makes the candle seem dim.
YET let the place go dark. Midnight. New Moon. Cloudy. No external light. Light that same candle and it will seem bright...it will attract life, moths, other insects. IF a person is lost in the dark and sees the light of a candle, they will move towards the light because the light is safety.
If you have ever been in a nighttime blackout, electricity goes off...it's pretty dark. You fumble for a flashlight or a candle and that light will be bright indeed in contrast with the dark. My friend Ron from New Zealand went thru the earthquake and had to live with light from any source.
We are now in a season of deepening darkness. A spirit has been loosed in the land. A spirit of gangsterism. Barbarism. Pillage. Murder. Violence. Lawlessness. Worse and worse.
In this darkness the only light still burning will shine brightly. YOU are that light. YOU must now stand against the darkness. You cannot be taken in by the spirit loose in the land. Many people who call themselves christian are really christian-barbarian hybrids. In the light they look like followers of Jesus. In the dark they have no light to shine. Who you are in the dark when no one is looking is who you really are?
Jesus in the sermon on the mount said:
Matthew5:14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.IF you drill down the words good deeds, it's not a proactive thing, it's how you live, the things you do, the things you say. It's not just about feeding the hungry...it's about being a life lived as an example that Glorifies God.
IF you are discouraged by feeling like the world is going to hell around you, be encouraged, if you stand, if you let your life still shine, if you stay steady, in due time if you don't faint you will find yourself a light...
The world NEEDS to see your light....Let it shine.
YOU are the only light Jesus left here to shine to Glorify God. NOW SHINE!!!