While others are doubting … Believe.
While others are playing … Plan.
While others are sleeping … Study.
While others are delaying … Decide.
While others are daydreaming … Prepare.
While others are procrastinating … Begin.
While others are wishing … Work.
While others are talking … Listen.
While others are pouting … Smile.
While are others are criticizing … Commend.
While others are quitting … Persist.
If therefore the light that is in you is
darkness, how great is that darkness! —Matthew 6:23
today’s text, Jesus made a seemingly contradictory statement. He called light
darkness. We can best understand His words, I believe, by comparing two kinds
first the flickering glow of a lightning bug. Two rare chemicals, luciferas and
luciferin, produce the lightning bug’s light. Both terms are related to the
word lucifer, which means “light-bearing.” (Lucifer is also one of the
names for Satan.) Now consider the sun’s light. Its brilliance is blinding. By
comparison, the lightning bug’s light is “darkness.”
Matthew 6, Jesus cautioned His hearers about living for riches and urged them
instead to lay up their treasures in heaven. Then He illustrated His warning by
referring to “the lamp of the body,” the eye. If our focus is on spiritual
things, we will be full of light. But if we live for earthly riches, we will
become filled with a dark light, which He described as great darkness.
can brighten our lives to some degree, but it cannot heal broken hearts, remove
guilt, or bring inner peace. It is too dim to satisfy our deepest spiritual
Christ can illumine the soul with the light of salvation. Let’s live to please
Him. Any lesser light will leave us in darkness.
earthly riches we possess
Can demonstrate our love
If we deposit cheerfully
Our treasure up above.
people have plenty to live on but nothing to live for.