2 Peter 3- 2 John 1- Are you a bright light that will attract others to the flame?

So, this is interesting! I did some research and found that scientists have no idea why a moth is attracted to a flame.  There are several hypotheses, but none of them are convincing in the scientific world so, it has been chalked up as a mystery!

I think there is a similar mystery in Christianity.  There is seemingly no explanation as to why some secular people are attracted to the light of Christians and others are repulsed by the same light.  I would think every nonbeliever would be repulsed by Christianity when I read things like, "In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." (2 Corinthians 4:4) and ""For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come into the light, lest his works should be exposed." (John 3:20).

Yet, there are those who see the light and do a nose dive toward it like a moth to a flame. They are attracted to the things they see in believers, and they want to learn more.  I had a painting on the wall of my boys bedroom that they read so often they didn't realize that they had memorized and lived by it.  "Let your light shine before men so that they can see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16). The men referred to, will end up praising their Father in heaven because they were drawn to God through other Christians!

Why am I even pondering this? Well, because of our reading this week, of course!!  We read a lot about the light of Jesus being in us as believers.  Do you remember reading that Jesus called himself the light of the world? (Read John 8:12 and John 12:46  if you need to refresh your memory.) Interestingly, John, the writer of the gospel that records those words also reiterates this analogy in his letters we are reading now.

He uses the analogy again and again in 1 John 1 to help people understand what it means to live as a Christ-follower.  "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him, there is no darkness at all." (1 John 1:5).  We are to walk in the light. John goes as far as to say,  if we aren't a light in our world, we can't call ourselves Christians!  (summed up from 1 John 1:6-7)
Christians can't have dark patches in their lives. That dulls the light down to something that is not attractive at all! Our entire life needs to illuminate. We are to be that campfire that draws moths to it! We are not to fear that the moth will get burned.  Our job is only to shine the truth.  Shining for Jesus does not mean pretending to live a perfect life.  It means standing for truth and being quick to repent when we fail. (1 John 1:9)

I guess this topic hit a nerve with me because I see some fellow Christians dimming their light in order to avoid shining truth on controversial issues.  What they don't realize is that they are no longer attractive to those particular "moths" that will be drawn to the truth. Our mandate as Christians is to shine bright, on top of a hill or stand, to give light to everyone! (Matthew 5:14-15) Don't dim your light from fear of wondering what the moth will do.

Comments

Tammy Thompson said…
Wonderful writing. Thank you for your inspiration.
Hi, Tammy, great to have you along! I hope you can read Revelation with us. I would love to hear your comments as we go!

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