“Then Jesus cried out, ‘Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. I have come into the world as a light so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness”— John 12:44-46 (NIV).
Darkness and evil are rampant in our broken world. Mass shootings. Countries at war. Fractured families. Political division. Without hope, we find it difficult to find our way into the light.
But, if we truly believe Jesus is the answer, then why are we allowing the darkness to lead us to wring our hands in despair? Why do we point fingers and blame others for the ills of this world? Maybe we need to be pointing the finger at ourselves.
The truth is simple, and not always popular. We are responsible, as followers of Jesus Christ, to bring light into the darkness.
Bringing Light into the Darkness
In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
The source of our light is God’s Holy Word. Just as a lamp must be connected to an outlet to shine, we must be connected to our source to shine in the darkness, to lead others to Christ, and bring hope into a gloomy world filled with hate, uncertainty, and desperation.
Pastor and author Charles Spurgeon once said, “The Bible is not the light of the world, it is the light of the Church. But the world does not read the Bible, the world reads Christians! ‘You are the light of the world.’”
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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Carol Round