“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” 2 Corinthians? ?4:6? ?NIV??
A couple of weeks ago returning home late evening I was startled by wedding fireworks that came frighteningly close to our car. My imagination took flight wondering what might happen if one of those bursting parts of the display actually fell on the car. I immediately slowed down, swerved and got out of there as quickly as I could.
The fireworks of the glory of God can be frightening too as they burst in splendour on our sin darkened lives. But beyond that initial startling this display of glory is more attractive than any other.
It’s the display of God’s power and love through Jesus. It’s the display through the pages of the gospels and in our lives as we encounter the living God. This encounter is crucial to the development of our faith for though we step forward not knowing where we are going, the light of God’s glory, which is the weight of His character presses down on us.
We are marked by God’s presence, we are shaped by His love and we are affected by His power. To be a Christian, a Christ-follower is to have the light turned on in our darkness and to have this light increasingly dispel every trace of darkness until we are full of this Christ-light. Have you had this love light turned on in your life?