Sunday, December 6, 2015

A Light in Our Darkness



Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
John 8:2 (NLT)

It’s a dark time of year and a dark time in our world.

ISIS is intent on bringing on end times. Our country is deeply divided over issues of abortion, immigration, and gun control. Discussion is increasingly inflammatory at the national level and among friends. Meanwhile, problems persist like human trafficking, addiction, corruption, poverty and hunger.

The prospect of change appears dim. It’s easy to feel helpless and hopeless, to succumb to fear and anger. Where is God?

“What a cheery Advent post!” you say. “Where is God?”

He’s coming!

Jesus brought light into the world when He became human. He demonstrated perfect love. I believe our best chance as individuals to precipitate change is to follow His light. Observe His life. Study His teaching. Absorb His values, making them our own. Then shine His light in the world and allow His teaching to guide our decisions.

Follow. Absorb. Reflect.

Jesus told us how to shine His Light:

Let nothing become more important than God (Matt 22:37-38, Luke 16:13)
Love and care for others more than for yourself (Luke 14:8)
Be authentic and sincere (Matthew 12:38-40)
Live a standout life in a sinful world – be different (Matthew 5:13)
Pray for your enemies (Matthew 5:44)
Don’t fear, but trust God (Mark 4:40, Mark 6:50)
Unify under a common commitment to Jesus (Mark 9:50)
Remain humble and look out for others (Matthew 20:26-28)
Be friendly and caring to outsiders (Luke 10:30-37, John 4:1-9)
Forgive offenses (Matthew 6:14)

Jesus will come again! Let’s shine His Light until He arrives.

Join the conversation. Is this suggestion naïve?

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2 comments:

  1. Amen. Great advice and encouragement.

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  2. Thanks Cherrilynn. I appreciate you're consistency in reading Seeds and joining the conversation. Bless you.

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