As darkness is truly and simply the absence of light, it follows that the evidence of light is revealed in the shadow(s) it creates upon its presence, when set with a background. In much the same way of thinking, the evidence of God is revealed in the behaviors of others upon His presence, with the world as a backdrop. As with light and God, it is difficult to view both directly as they are piercingly brilliant and vanquish all darkness around them.
Many individuals find comfort in being the shadow, believing in their hearts that their efforts are noble, and hence, their salvation secure. As with any and most conventions, however, the genuine truth lies somewhere beneath the surface and beyond the image. Artificial light is precisely that; not real and only reflective of true light.
“What, then, is true light? It begins with pure intent and robust knowledge, and is complemented with action.”
It is a fervent desire to learn as much as possible about God, the Trinity, and perhaps most practical, how to apply that knowledge to everyday life. Amazingly, it is the resulting change in us as human beings, once affected by God’s love. Bottom line, it is the ability to positively impact those around us by sharing our thoughts, words, lives and actions (key word; action).
I’d like to profoundly modify the historic quote by Lao Tzu from “To Know and Not Do is to Not Know”, to “To Know God and Not Do is to Not Know God”. As spiritual beings, we are compelled by our heritage to “Do” the work of God and not simply know about it. To Do God’s work inherently enlightens us as Christians and positively impacts those around us with whom we have contact and interaction.
Importantly, there is a distinct and meaningful difference between being the shadow and being the light. If we were made to live and walk in God’s image, then it is incumbent upon us to strive to become the light and not be content to be merely the shadow.
The Light is warmth, peace, illumination, clarity, awareness, calm, joy, beauty and confirmation. Most of all, it is Love. It is the presence of all that is good and righteous. Be the Light, become eternal and dare I say, become Inspired!