Tuesday’s Torch 554
September 24, 2019
I’m a little fired up today so we are gonna talk about something. I’m going to start by mentioning that in the scriptures there are plenty of places that discuss light vs. darkness. We are going to start in 1 John Chapter 1:
“God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
If we say we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not truth.
But if we walk in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
Now let’s realize we are going to go on a little journey. And each one of us are somewhere on this path between light and darkness. So if we look at this, from a starting point, let’s say someone is caught up in darkness; they have a lot going wrong in their life; a lot of sins, shortcomings and addictions. And usually their friends are the same way, and caught up in all manner of unrighteous living. So they are in the darkness. But we are told to seek out the light, because God is light, and if we are going to become closer to him, we are going to seek that out. So what are ways to do that at first?
Now we all know and have been in a dark place before. One option occurs as you come across someone who is living the gospel and living righteously and they seem to be bright and full of light. It can be intimidating. It could be that person you look at and think, that person is so righteous I could never be like them, they are so wonderful. and you start comparing yourself to them. And sometimes you can really admire a person, you can think the best of this person but then for some reason you are hesitant to be around them. Because you realize that you don’t feel worthy to be around them. You notice all of your flaws and compare yourself to them. I’m going to tell you that those people aren’t perfect. But if they have this light, since you’re used to being in darkness and you get around this bright person; just think of yourself as an object with a light shining upon it; Then you will cast a shadow, and you’re gonna see that darkness and you will see it so obvious and bold. And you’re gonna look away, and look down and you’ll see this large shadow you are casting on the ground. That’s your darkness, your weaknesses, your chosen sins or favorite sin, your addictions or problems. The things you’re caught up in. And a lot of people they want to run away. And Satan is gonna hit you and tell you to run back to the darkness, to get back around what you’re used to. You can’t measure up to that person anyway. But that’s a lie that Satan tells you. Because the good thing about having that righteous friend, if you look at it the right way, you don’t run and hide. When you look down and see that shadow, you know what to work on. You know what you need to do to be more like that person. And another thing is, when you have that darkness there are a couple ways to get rid of that shadow.
The first and one of the ways a person needs to use in the beginning of this journey into the light, you surround yourself with as many sources of light as possible. I mean you have your own sources of light: you can read scriptures, pray, study, ponder and surround yourself with friends. Sometimes you have to step way out of your comfort zone and make new friends.
So when you find this group of people with the light of Christi within them, and you surround yourself with them, and when you are in their presence and the light is encircling you; you won’t be acting out, you won’t be participating in these sins because you won’t when you’re around these people.
This is a really wonderful thing when you’re first starting to try and seek that light. And as you get surrounded by that it starts rubbing off on you and you start developing more of your own light. We look at it and yes, we are supposed to seek out good and righteous things, and seek out the light.
But there is a step further. We are told “ye are the light of the world”. We are told that in the sermon on the mount. Ye are the light of the world so obviously we need to go a step beyond. We go one step beyond simply surrounding ourselves with light. Because it doesn’t say ‘ye are surrounded by the light of the world,’, but “ye ARE the light of the world.” We are supposed to become that light. So from the beginning we are caught up in the darkness, and then we may have that one friend that is the light that is kind of shining on us. Then if we don’t turn and run away from the light, and we start working, we can work towards more truth and more good.
If we surround ourselves with the light, that can kind of take away those bad things, but we can’t always be there. Sometimes, we are going to be by ourselves, we are going to be alone, and what is going to help us then? We have to become the light by getting it from all these sources. And become that, and start living those truths. and living the gospel so fully that we are that light.
I heard a man speaking at a church meeting a couple days ago, and he talked about sometimes as you start striving to do things right, you start changing your life, suddenly some of them old friends of yours and sometimes even your family, they turn their back on you because you’re starting to do right and they don’t like it, because you are making them feel bad and guilty, why is that? Because suddenly you are getting some of that light, and so then being around you, maybe some of the people you used to spend time with, they are not gonna be ready for that. Suddenly there is this light coming from you, and it causes them to look away and look down and see that they are casting a shadow. Some people are gonna run from that, and Satan is gonna get on them and tell them that they need to get away.
And you’ll get some negativity there, they will come at you with negativity and it’ll try to steal and rob you of that light you’re getting. But to be the light of the world, we need to shine that light. And not point it out like “look how much better I’m doing than you.” Because that’s not our place. Our place is to be an example in word and in deed. And we have to be that light so that should that person decide to seek it out, even that person that may run and hide right now, that friend you may lose, that family member whose respect you seem to lose, you’re not losing it. Because one day when they realize they are tired of being in that darkness, they’ll come to you! They will know you have the light they are seeking. So we have to do that.
So for a while you’ll need to surround yourself with these people who are full of the light of Christ. to be able to receive it. You start reading your scriptures and studying and praying. And you turn away from all the bad you were doing. You get out of that. Because it is important.
And once you do that, you can start becoming the light. Because a lot of times, myself included, there have been times when I’ve tried to reach out to people, I’ve tried to show them the way, tried to guide and direct them, and then I realized something. You can’t provide light if you don’t have it. So you have to get it, seek it out, become as enlightened as possible. and you do that by letting go of all the darkness, and embracing the light, and taking it into yourself. Because then, and only then, can you help others. Because you can’t lift people higher than you yourself are. but you can get there, and then you can help lift them up . So brothers and sisters, I want to say that as we strive to receive more of the light in our life, the light of Christ, as we start surrounding ourselves with people who have it. We start receiving more of it ourselves. We start living righteously to where we can shine that light. Because as I talked about casting a shadow, the ultimate way to not have to look down and see that shadow that you’re casting, is to become a light yourself. Then that shadow is not there. But you’re always gonna have the possibility to improve. There will always be things to work on, you’re not perfect. There will always be a brighter light. As we try to emulate the Savior, His light will shine on us, so we are still gonna see that little bit of a shadow, even as we become more of a source of light, we are still gonna see that because that’s necessary so that we can keep working and keep striving to be even better.
But know that no matter where you are on the path, that it is a path, and you can continue to get further into the light, or to go back into the darkness. but we know that the place we need to be is in the light, because that is where God is. Because that scripture we read earlier it said “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” That’s where we want to be, with our Father in Heaven and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we owe it to ourselves and to all of our loved ones and everyone we come in contact with to be a source of light, and not darkness.
And that is my challenge to each of us, that we may embrace the light. And then like the song says “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” It’s not supposed to stay a little light, it becomes a bigger and bigger and brighter and brighter light. So let’s shine that little light, and let’s make it bigger. and let’s be grateful to our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ for that light. And for the opportunity to share in it, and to become it. And I share this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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