The fun thing about glow in the dark toys is that you always know where they are in a dark room. This was especially important for my brother and I when we were small kids in Africa; we would barricade our door so no one could get in, build two opposing walls on either side of the room, turn off the lights, and spend the next 2 hours hurling a glow in the dark toy “orb” at each other, thanks to the kind generosity of the cereal prize folks at General Mills.
The world around us is dark (Eph.6:12) – but we who know Jesus are different – we are called “Sons of The light,’ & ‘Sons of the day (1 Thess. 5:5, 1 Peter 2:9).’ But what is it we’re to do in order to stand out, to live “worthy of the gospel of Christ?” How do we “glow” so that Christ is seen in the darkness of our world?
In chapter 1,2 of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, one key seems to be unity in the church – “that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel…being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” Unity. Then he adds what seem to be descriptions, or some of the “how to’s” of church unity, using Christ as the ultimate example:
1) Esteem others better than yourself,v.3
2) Take spiritual growth seriously, v.12
3) Look out for the interests of others, v.4
4) Do all things without complaining and disputing, v.14
Undergirding all this, of course, is the ultimate truth – “for it is God who works in you both to will (to want to do good) and to do (the power to carry out) His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13). If we are willing to stand together, God promises to make us “shine as lights in the world” (2:15)! Go glow.