Light in Darkness
John 8:12 “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
Our pastor is teaching a series on “I am” from the Bible. On a recent Sunday morning, he spoke on John 8:12. When I got home, I downloaded success secrets for writers from Ted Dekker. As I was listening to him, he spoke about this same verse. As a result, LIGHT has become my word of the year. I’m striving to remember He is the light of my life.
Jesus provides light in the darkness, but since He is in us, we have the light of life. That light is inside of us because He dwells in our hearts. We have the ability to allow His light to shine in this dark world, or we can dim and hide His light.
What I’ve found in my life, is I often dim His light. I focus on the cares of this world. I listen to the news. The stock market is down. Terror alerts are high. Drug abuse is rampant. Christians around the world face persecution and murder. Human trafficking is higher at this point than ever before in this world. Stories of murders, child abuse, animal abuse, and homelessness flood the airwaves.
Instead of focusing on the Creator, I start to focus on the fallen world. While I’m not saying I need to be an ostrich with my head in the sand, I do need to listen to the news from a Biblical perspective. If I allow the evil in the world to depress me and fill me, my light cannot be seen. In order for me to allow that to happen, I have to take my eyes off of Jesus. Once I take my focus off Him, I cannot reach out to those who are hurting. I can’t make a difference in the lives of those who are suffering.
When I remember the sacrifice Jesus made to pay for my sins, it draws my focus back to my Savior, but too often, I don’t dwell on the price He paid for me. My goal for this year is to focus on the truth and the Light. Not on the world.
Do you find that you have problems focusing on Jesus instead of the world? How do you cling to Him in order for you light to shine? I would love to hear your stories!
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