“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
(Matthew 5:14-16 NIV)
October is here and that means Halloween is right around the corner. The commercial markets and media make that fact obvious! It seems like they start advertising the horror films and grotesque costumes and Halloween-themed store fronts earlier and earlier each year. Without making any judgment on whether or not Christians should partake in Halloween festivities (because I do believe there are ways to participate without compromising our Biblical standards!), there is no denying at this time of year that we live in a very DARK world!
We’ve been studying the creation account the past couple of weeks in my Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class. Genesis 1:1 tells us that God’s first creative act was to bring light into the darkness, and He saw that the light was good. Throughout the Bible, light is used to symbolize God and His holiness in contrast with darkness, representing sin and unbelief.
Let’s look at some verses that illustrate this contrast:
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.” (Ephesians 5:8-13 NIV)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:1, 4-5 NIV)
“I have come as Light into this world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.” (John 12:46 NASB)
“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy,your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.” (Luke 11:33-36 NIV)
“You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” (Psalm 18:28 NIV)
“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” (John 3:19-21 NIV)
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9 ESV)
Let’s be careful not to judge one another in regards to whether we pass out candy to the neighborhood kids or dress-up our children and take them to the local pumpkin patch party. These are issues of personal conviction and we need to ask the Lord how He would like us to apply these scriptures to our own lives, and then be faithful to do so! May we prayerfully guard ourselves against legalism when other believers are not applying them in the same way.
That being said, I’d love to know your thoughts! As a community of believers, we can be a floodlight into this present darkness when we put the beams of our individual flashlights together. 🙂 So please, take the time to share some practical ways God is challenging you to apply His truths this season.