“Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.“
Colossians 1:12-13 (NIV)
After photographing them every chance I get over a period of many years now, I never get tired of seeing a brand new sunrise or sunset. In fact, I get rather disappointed when I have the availability of time at the beginning or end of a day and the clouds keep me from seeing the sun coming or going in its usual splendor. I find darkness and dimly lit days, or rooms, depressing. I suppose that is part of the reason I am so thankful that I serve a God who has called me into His glorious light.
In Jesus Christ, we are rescued from the power and authority of the darkness of this world so that we may share in the kingdom of light with those who, through faith, have already obtained that inheritance. One of the problems of light, though, is that it exposes the things that can be hidden by darkness. Things which often show us to be less than what others want or expect. Yet I am thankful it is not those things either hidden by darkness or exposed by light that determines my eternal destination. No, it is God who qualifies me through the blood of His Son, Jesus, to walk in His light both now and forevermore.
It is my prayer that I would never forget who has brought me into this kingdom of light and His desire for all to dwell within it. I pray that my thankfulness to God for His work in qualifying me for this kingdom would extend to being thankful to Him for qualifying you also. May each one of us not only know that we have been qualified by God for His kingdom, but may we also answer that call by stepping out of whatever darkness that we have become comfortable in. And give thanks to God for those who have lived, and currently live, as examples of faithfulness within the kingdom of light.