Words from the Heart for Wednesday December 16th, 2020
Judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.
John 3:19 (NLT)
Loving the Darkness
You don’t have to work many night shifts to realize it isn’t natural. I know many people who have to work all night and I don’t know many who love it. Approximately 1.8 million Canadians work shifts that fall between midnight and 5am, primarily in trades, health care and social assistance, manufacturing, and accommodation and food services. Night shift work disrupts the internal biological clock (circadian rhythm). It suppresses melatonin production, disrupts sleep patterns and food digestion, and de-regulates genes involved in cancer pathways.
Nocturnal animals love the dark. We don’t see them very often because we are made for the day, not the night. When it comes to our spiritual life, we were also made for the light. Sin changed all that. Jesus says, in John 3:19: “Judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.” Thousands of years after sin entered into the hearts of Adam and Eve, and polluted the lives of every human being since then, Jesus was born in a Bethlehem manger. The night He was born, light shone into the darkness – not only physically, but spiritually. It’s not surprising that the shepherds were drawn to the manger, and much later, the magi were led to bring gifts to the toddler Jesus. They were drawn to the Light. It is rare, however. Jesus says that most people love the darkness. They would rather stay in their sin than come into the Light and enjoy the blessings of following Jesus. If you have been drawn to the Light who is Christ, don’t let yourself be drawn back into the darkness.
These have been words from the heart.