But John intervened: “I’m baptizing you here in the river. The main character in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will ignite the kingdom life, a fire, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out.”
Luke 3:16 (The Message)
Just before the time change, mornings are dark. Waking up and getting dressed while it is dark outside can make us feel like we’re up too early. Trying to do important things when surrounded by dark, even when we have artificial light, feels very different from doing the same things when surrounded by lots of light. Let’s not miss the symbolism here. When you wake up, God is awakening one more source of light in the world and you aren’t artificial light.
God has no other hands but ours, no other arms but ours, and no other voices but ours. For God’s light to shine in the world, we have to let it shine through us. We may think that this spiritual activity is a separate thing from our work, but shift your thinking. See that your work IS a process of letting God’s Light shine through you and letting it ignite those around you. Every piece of paperwork, every conversation, and every decision are opportunities for ignition in the midst of darkness.
Everyone is in a position to lead others. Even a ground troop has an opportunity to exhibit leadership. So, maybe we can live by an acronym for the word “LEAD.” Think of it as Light Exhibited Annihilating Darkness. Leadership means to be an interventionist, igniting Light in darkness. Where there is confusion, ignite the light of understanding. Where there is a lack of motivation, ignite the light of significance. Where there is adversity, ignite the light of tenacity. At every opportunity LEAD by ignition: Light Exhibited Annihilating Darkness. The more the Light within you shines and ignites others, the faster darkness will flee.
Carl Jung said, “As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”