Turn off the Lights

            I have a quirk…well I have many quirks. Among them is that I have a fixation with turning off the lights where ever I go, especially around my house. If I see a light on, I just feel the urge to turn it off.

            I believe that this obsession is a direct result of my upbringing when I lived in Cuba and natural abhorrence for wasting resources.

            I was always very poor when living in Cuba and we were forced to save and conserve everything, from electricity, to food and even soap bars. I have remained frugal to this day and if a room in the house is not occupied, I promptly turn the lights off.

            It is the one thing to turn the lights off around the house, and quite another to run away from the light of the gospel. I did hide from this Light for many years, as I “lived” in darkness and sin.

            The Bible speaks about mankind’s affinity and love for the darkness:

            And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)

            Even as believers, we shun God’s light more often than we care to admit. Temptation is a cloud that covers our eyes from the truth. As we fall into sin our conscience is muted and the Holy Spirit is grieved (Ephesians 4:30).

            Don’t turn the light of God off!

            Listen to the voice of your conscience and don’t shut its alarm off. God uses our conscience to warn us about evil, but as Christians we have even bigger lights at our disposal.

            A disciple of Christ is guided by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit leads us to the truth and as we all know,

“The truth shall set (us) free” (John 8:37).

            The truth of God’s Word is the other light that God uses to keep us from walking again in darkness. David said it best when he wrote:

            “Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105).

            Don’t forget to turn the lights off in your house, but always walk with Christ in the light, because we are children of light. (Ephesians 5:8).

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