You are the light of the world. – Matthew 5:14
It was a cold January day in the Great Smoky Mountains. A group of hikers had ascended a poorly marked trail to the highest point in the national park to enjoy the scenic views. The trek took much longer than expected because the climbers were of all ages and ability levels. As sunlight waned, most of the group had finished their descent to the parking lot; however, several more lagged behind, creating a dangerous situation as most were ill-equipped to be alone in the woods at night, lacking basic gear such as flashlights and blankets.
Recognizing the danger, the hikers turned on the headlights of their vehicles and began honking the horns and shouting. They knew that, in the darkness, only the light and sound would guide the stragglers to safety. Fortunately, their efforts were fruitful, and all the hikers arrived without incident. One woman recounted that she was prepared to simply stop and hunker down in the darkness and hope for the best. But she saw the lights, heard the calls, and continued on to safety.
As Christians, we have seen the light of Jesus, heard His call, and found the hope of eternal salvation. Praise be to God! Yet we must remember that there are still many who are yet lost in the darkness. Rather than leaving them to hunker down in the pitch-black, we should shine the light of Christ into the dark of the world and sound the call for them to find the only true hope.
Are you shining the light of Jesus? Today, let’s light it up on behalf of those still in the darkness.
The Firehouse Church
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