A while ago, I wrote a post on letting our light shine. If we are saved by the Blood of Jesus, we are all given a light to shine for Him. A light we should be shining in order to guide others to the Cross. Shine bright, friend, shine bright.
A couple Sunday’s ago during revival at Buckeye Hollow Church (side note: If you missed revival, boy, oh, boy, did you miss a good meeting!), the message being preached was from John 13 and described how Judas Iscariot chose the path of the betrayer instead of the path of the Beloved.
He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night. John 13:30
Does anyone else notice anything peculiar about this particular scripture? Sure, it tells us that Judas wasted no time at all betraying the Master and setting the plan of Jesus’s betrayal in motion. And it also tells us it was night time in the natural world, too.
Shine your light, even when it’s dark
But, friend, it was also night in Judas’ heart, too. Somewhere along the way, Judas let Satan blow out the light in his soul. He allowed Satan to take his precious salvation and rip the banner of Jesus’s love and mercy right off his heart! Judas was no longer a child of the day, but a child of the night. And being that he had no light inside to guide him, he walked alone straight into the darkness and became lost for eternity.
I don’t think I need to explain what happened to Judas. If you’re a regular Bible reader or know anything about Jesus and Easter, you’ll know that Judas’s sin caused him to perish without his salvation. What’s that saying? Oh, yes, sin will take you farther than you want to go.
I have no idea why Judas was an easy target for Satan. It may have been that he simply wanted to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Or the thirty pieces of silver in exchange for Jesus was just too much of a temptation. Or maybe there was something that caused his light not to shine as brightly as the others, and instead, his light was just a weak flicker.
Protect your light. Shine bright.
Friend, the light you have, your salvation, is too important and too precious to allow Satan to blow it out like a birthday candle on a cupcake. Don’t be a cheap candle. Be a trick candle. You know, the ones that are impossible to blow out and will set the fire alarm off in if you’re not careful (personal experience, there).
We have to be stubborn in our walk with the Lord and not be distracted by the ways of the world. It’s that determination to shine that attracts others and lights the way.