In the creation story, God creates day and night. It is during the day when our lives are lived and work is done, and in the night where we rest in our homes. Even in non-Christian cultures, being indoors during the day is considered eccentric, while being out and about at night is suspect. And thus, the parallels between light and darkness, salvation and sin are apt.
Light also brings clarity. There was a painting in my home growing up that I saw everyday, but it wasn’t until a picture light was installed over it that I was able actually to see it. In the same way, our articulation of the gospel should be well-lit; that is, clear. The ministry we share at the Advent should be in the light. If our witness is the least bit clouded, it risks being misunderstood and could be a disservice to the gospel.
In a large church like the Advent, communication is difficult. Recognizing this is why it is a priority. Let us pray that we strive to be as clear as we can be, not only about the person and work of Jesus Christ, but how we communicate our mission and ministry together.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)
Lord Jesus, in you there is no darkness at all; the day and the night are both alike. We pray that as your people, we would dwell with you in that light and clearly proclaim your gospel to a world in darkness. Amen.