Read: Matthew 5:13-16
“Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
1 Peter 2:12
One of my favorite Christmas tasks was getting the toy department ready. I took a particular liking to the baby toys: things that light up and shake and sing songs and spin and flip and spring. In fact, I was teased quite a bit because my interest in playing with these toys oft times exceeded the interest of the very children for whom they had been designed.
The fascination which I felt with the “three and under” category did not frequently extend to the rest of the department, so it came as a bit of a surprise when one of the “six and over” toys caught my attention. It was a three foot licorice whip type protrusion which extended from a hard, glittery handle in yellow, pink, orange or green. When batteries were placed inside of the handle, this extension lit up, producing a glow quite similar to that of a table lamp. Despite the apparent uselessness of the device, I couldn’t resist the urge to play with it. First, I tried using it as a sparkler, whipping it around and writing things in the air. Then, I tried using it as a flashlight to look beneath my manager’s desk (nothing terribly exciting down there). Finally, I tried some make believe fencing moves with it. I was hooked. This was clearly one of the best toys ever invented!
I quickly decided that there was absolutely no way that such a device could stay on the shelf as a display (since no one would have any idea what to do with something labeled “Glo-Wand”) and began carrying one around with me to show off to the other employees. I do believe that most of them were rather frightened when I emerged from behind shelves and boxes, whipping the lithe plastic tube through the air in as menacing a fashion as I could manage.
During the afternoon when I carried it, however, something interesting struck me: when I was out in the store beneath the florescent lighting, you could barely tell that it was turned on, but when I walked back into a dark corner of the warehouse, the little device let out as much light as Yankee Stadium! Its light seemed to increase as the darkness increased!
Similarly, as God’s children our light shows up best in the darkest places. While Christians need to spend time in each other’s company, it is when we are in the company of those who do not yet know Jesus that our lives shine the brightest!
Challenge: Are there some “dark places” where you live, work, or go to school? Commit to spend some time to bringing light to them! Volunteer at a local homeless shelter or food bank, take an unsaved co-worker to lunch, or stop by the home of a shut-in. You’ll be surprised at how much a “little light” can brighten someone’s day!
Today’s devotion was excerpted from “Retail Ready: 90 Devotions for Teens in the Workforce” available in print for $9.99 or on Kindle for $7.99.