But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9-10)
The soul of man can never truly be happy apart from the light. The rich man dwells in darkness the same as the poor man. Give him possessions, or take them all away. Allow him a measure of fame or make him live a life of loneliness and despair, afford him great knowledge or leave him in ignorance, it matters not. Apart from God’s gracious calling, the rich and poor, the celebrity and unknown, the intellectual and the ignorant all walk in darkness still.
I was once a companion of darkness. I was at war with God because He is light. I opposed the truth, preferring the lie. In imminent danger, I was powerless to see my true condition because darkness cloaked the sin that ruled my heart. It was the worst possible combination, ignorance and peril. I was as a blind man navigating the slippery slope of a precipice from which there could be no rescue.
But Hallelujah! God in His mercy has shone a great light! The Gospel! The very power of God unto salvation for those who believe.
Thirty years ago the Father of lights graciously revealed to me my true condition. And, in His great mercy; He illumined my way. For, how hopeless would I be today had He stopped short of offering me the remedy for my sin, the antidote to darkness! Jesus, the light of the world!
The love of God broke through the gloom. I saw my sin. I saw His Son.
God calls His children to communicate His goodness to a world lost in darkness. And so I proclaim to you the excellencies of the One who dwells in unapproachable light. The one true and living God who calls you today for the sake of His own dear Son.
Is He calling you out of the darkness that blinds you? Open your eyes to His marvelous light! Listen to Him! Believe in Him!
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:13)
May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints of the light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:11-14)
By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel