all familiar with lightning bugs or fireflies, whose
little bodies produce a chemical reaction which
causes a small light to emit. Now, Korean scientists
have developed a cat that glows in the dark.
(Probably started glowing after too many CAT scans!)
Deep in the sea, there are creatures which have been
created by God to emit light. There is a fish called
the “flashlight fish,” which has a luminescent on
its head. It can turn its light off and on at will,
presumably to attract or blind its prey.
There are many man-made glow-in-the-dark items:
watches, pajamas, toys, and now diapers. Unlike sea
creatures and the fireflies, those man-made
novelties require exposure to a light before they
can actually glow in the dark.
God wants us to glow in the dark. Jesus is the light
giver, and we are the light bearer. Why?
1. The world is dark and getting darker. “Evil men
and imposters will proceed from bad to worse,
deceiving and being deceived.” (II Timothy 3:13)
What’s God’s plan for a dark world? Fill it with
2. We are the light God wants to shine. “He who
follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will
have the Light of life.” (John 8:12)
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light
in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” (Eph. 5:8)
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a
hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14)
Can you hide a city? Not likely! Its lights can be seen for miles.
God is not a secret to be kept. The world prefers darkness. So some
Christians cover their lamps, but Jesus teaches us to shine and
The light we have comes because of our relationship to Jesus Christ.
When it’s time for the sun to go down, the moon rises! Jesus is the
sun… we are the moon. We have no light of our own; we just reflect
his light. Jesus said, “You are the light… and I will not hide you
from the world.”
Our upcoming sermon series is called, “Be a Light.” This fall and
for the next nine months, Lincoln Christian Church goes public with
Ron Otto, Preaching Minister at Lincoln Christian Church