Growing Up In Darkness


In Maputo, Mozambique, many unfortunate children are forced to call the streets their home. Having been abandoned by their families, the only survival option they have is to seek shelter and hide in the dark, wet, and perilous parts of the city. You can find these poor children in the shadowy crevices of bridges and abandoned buildings. Perhaps most tragic of all is that they have grown so accustomed to being in the darkness that it’s now what they look for and even prefer (Read more about them here).  

It’s heartbreaking that these kids have to deal with so much difficulty at such a young age. They don’t even know any other life. The older they get, the more they purposely seek the dark parts of town because this is what they have grown comfortable with. The worst part is, there is little most of us can do except hope and pray they can one day find a better life, especially on a spiritual level.  

The older I have become, the more I’ve realized how incredibly privileged I am to have grown up in a Christian household. I have never had to grow up in spiritual darkness. Even through times of difficulty, testing, or struggle, I still had the light right in front of me. I still had the foundation of a home focused on Christ, which made the light all the easier to take hold of.  

The sad reality of this world is that so many have grown up in spiritual darkness. This is all they’ve known and, worst of all, what they are comfortable in. Just like the children in Mozambique who have grown comfortable living in physical darkness, many in our world long to stay in the spiritual darkness. 

1 John 3:19-21 explains, “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

Unfortunately, many have grown up in both physical and spiritual darkness, but things don’t have to stay this way. In fact, it cannot stay this way. Their eternity depends on coming out of the light. Thankfully, anyone can come into the light. The light is a guide to the right spiritual path (Psalm 119:105). Jesus is light and gives the light of life to those who come to Him (John 8:12). God is light and gives forgiveness to those who walk in the light (1 John 1:5-9).

No matter what our upbringing is, we all can come to the light. Let’s make sure we continue walking in the light (1 John 1:5-7) and help bring the light to others in darkness (Matthew 5:14-16).

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