Turning from darkness to light
My devotion for today is based on Matthew 4:17, "From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."
The darkness and evil in our world are overwhelming. Where can we start to bring light to the darkness? When Jesus began his public ministry, he told us where to start. He said first repent, which means acknowledging and turning away from the darkness in our hearts. All that wickedness in the world is also in us. So any real change must begin with a change in our hearts.
Then he tells us that the kingdom of heaven is near. In Jesus, God's good and gracious rule dwells among us. King Jesus governs his people with forgiveness and love. We know that because he laid down his life for us. And so, we now lay down our lives for others.
From this place of humble gratitude, we can now make a difference in our small corner of Christ's kingdom. Maybe we take care of the sick or teach children. Perhaps we run for office or a business in service to our community. Whatever we do to make this world better, we must start by letting God's light shine in us before we can illuminate others.
Please pray with me, Jesus; you are the world's light. Shine your light into the darkness and evil of my heart. Then help me to be your light in the world. Let me use the gifts and opportunities you have given me for your glory. Amen.