Readings: Malachi 3:6-10, I Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19, Matthew 6:19-21, 33
In the Dark
My neighbor invited me to a get-together at her house last night. As I walked up I thought it was strange that her porch light wasn’t on. Maybe she had cancelled the event and I didn’t know? I knocked, she answered, candlelight behind her, and said, “The power is out! Welcome to the dark house.” She was clearly frustrated, but had prepared for the event on the inside despite the lack of electricity. Sometimes, from the outside, we can’t tell if someone is ready on the inside. This applies to my neighbor as well as her house. She seems fun and confident when we talk, but every once in a while she slips a comment in about tough times and her real emotions seep out. She doesn’t know how much Jesus loves her, and I’ve tried to share His love and message in different ways over the years but she hasn’t had ears to hear yet. Just like for the event, she is as ready as she can be, operating in the dark, but she is missing true life without His light on the inside. Paul was talking to Timothy in the reading above about rich people, “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” It’s our challenge and privilege to do good and share, whether we’re rich or not, as we love our neighbor as ourselves. I want my neighbor to “take hold of the life that is truly life” and have Christ as the Light of her life. I pray one day soon she will be ready on the inside, and her dark house will be lit with real joy!