I don’t know about you, but I’m not a big fan of the dark. When I was younger, I couldn’t go to sleep unless I had the covers pulled up all the way over my head–in case, you know, there was something prowling around in the dark waiting to get me (and of course the sheets could protect me!) Anyway, I don’t do that anymore, but I still prefer day to night. You can see your surroundings, where you’re going, where your black cat is so you don’t step on her…you get the idea.
Spiritually, we were once in complete darkness (and some of you still are). We stumbled about unable to find our way. We couldn’t tell up from down and we continually ran into hidden obstacles. We desperately needed light in our lives.
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12, NLT)
Okay, let’s take a look at this: Jesus is the light of the world. We were lost in the darkness of sin. And when we found Jesus and accepted Him into our lives, we were saved.
Does this describe you? Have you recognized that you were (or are) once lost in your sin, separated from God because of it? And have you recognized that Jesus, the Light of the world, is the only way to heaven? Have you accepted the gift of salvation?
We can claim to be living in the light, but no one can look at you and discern whether or not you are saved. Only God can look at the heart.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
So the question falls to you. Are you living in the light? It’s a question that is between you and God; it’s not anything that your friends or family can judge.
This is the message we have heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in Him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:5-7)
Whether you’re a new believer, a strong Christian, or if this is the first time you’ve heard about God, this is an opportunity to grow in (or begin) your relationship with God. In fact, every moment of every day is a chance to walk in the light rather than darkness.
I choose “the light that leads to life”. More than that, I want to share the light that God has placed inside me–I want to be a light to the world. What about you?
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