“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Mt 5:14)
Nigeria is in economic recession. This year our city Warri-Effurun did not have Christmas lights on the streets. The leaders of our church decided to buy some and connect them from pole to pole for a distance of about a mile on Warri- Sapele road, by Urhobo College. We also bought a long cable to connect everything to our generator. We thought that the effort and expenses were justified. These beautiful lights and stars were a symbol of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Light of the world. We too, the born again Christians are also called ‘the lights of the world’. We reflect the light of Christ! We cannot be hidden! In the general darkness and depression, the streets lights were blinking hope and joy, especially at this Christmas time. They have been on for about a week. But this evening something bad happened… we discovered that somebody climbed the pole and badly damaged the cable ripping off the connections. That is why this Christmas evening the lights are off.
Just in case the person who destroyed the lights reads this note… this is what I want to say to you:
“Dear Friend, I don’t know who you are but God knows you! First of all I want you to know that God loves you. This is the truth! We put on these lights on the street to bring hope to the people of Warri and Effurun. These lights are a symbol of the True Ever Shining Light of the World, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was born two thousand years ago in a poor family. His mother was a virgin called Mary. At Christmas we cerebrate His birth! Jesus is both God and Man. He came on earth from heaven. He lived about 33 years doing only good, healing people from diseases and setting the captives free. He died on the Cross for my sins and yours. Jesus is calling you. He wants to save your soul to give a new beginning in life, to give you peace and joy.
You have damaged the lights our church hung there. This is very bad. If you live this life of secret wickedness and destruction you can never be happy on earth. And if you die in sins you shall go to hell, where there is terrible eternal punishment. I beg you: Come to Jesus! We forgive you! You can repent of your sins and become born again by the power of the Holy Spirit! Tomorrow our electrician will repair the damage you have done. The lights will be on again. You can only spoil the lights on the streets but you cannot quench the light in our hearts. Light is stronger than darkness. Love is stronger than hatred and envy. This is a very good opportunity for you to change your life. Become a child of God! Turn this bad thing into a good thing. Jesus, the Light of the world cannot be quenched!!!
I pray for you in the name of Jesus! You will feel very restless and you will not be able to sleep. This is because the Holy Spirit will arrest you and will convict you of sin. You cannot have peace until you make peace with God. I say it again: Friend, God loves you! Come to Jesus! Come home!”