How Well Do You Glow In The Dark?
For Danny's birthday in November, I surprised him with a glow-in-the-dark succulent. Now, I'm not a horticulturalist, so I did a little research. These succulents are able to glow in the dark due to a special non-toxic coating applied during cultivation at the nursery. Throughout the day, the succulent is able to store up energy so it can radiate its unusual glow once the sun goes down.
If you ask me, this is the coolest thing ever! Soaking up the sunshine, the plant's new pigment gives off a beautiful glow in the darkest of rooms.
Jesus said the same thing about you and me.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
A light does no good when it's hidden under a bushel or taken down off the top of the hill. It needs to be out in the open darkness, giving light to everyone passing by. What fun is it to have a glow-in-the-dark succulent if you're going to tuck it away in a closet where it can't be seen? It defeats the purpose, and you might as well not have purchased it.
As your own light, the light given by Jesus Christ Himself, shines before men as you live out your daily life, your testimony has a wide-reaching effect. Darkness is pushed back, the Gospel is shared, people will see how you do what you do and they will make the connection between your light and the Light of the world.
My prayer for each of us this week is that we'll throw away the bushel altogether and shine as brightly as we possibly can. Take that glow-in-the-dark heart of yours, set it up as high as you possibly can and shine away! Shine your light like you mean it and see how far God can spread it for His purposes.