They don’t wring their hands.
Don’t cower in fear, don’t shrink away from the challenge.
They embrace it.
Almost, celebrate it.
True candles understand they were created to be a light in the darkness, so when the darkness descends, they begin to anticipate being soon placed into service.
The light of a candle is useless unless surrounded by darkness.
It is life-giving, direction-providing, darkness dispelling.
In the same way, when surrounded by darkness, the candle is only of value when willing to be set on fire.
Candles are intended to be functional, not decorative.
In fact, ones that look great on the shelf or in the box, rarely burn brightly.
When darkness hits, a match is struck and applied to the candle.
The flame creates a light that burns from the center of the candle, and burns away the darkness around it.
Jesus calls His true followers “lights” that He intends to put on a stand, on a hill, in bright view of anything and everyone that would be caught in darkness.
As darkness tries to descend, those who wear the Name from their core will be easy to spot. They will be burning brightly, contending against the darkness.
Those who wear the Name for cosmetics, for personal comfort, will also be easy to spot.
They will be banding together in a box.
On a shelf.
Choosing not to risk being burned, or offending the darkness.
They will be….