Look to the Light
When there is light available, there is no legitimate excuse for continuing to carry on without utilizing that resource! If you are too lazy to flick on the light switch when you walk into a room and then strain your eyes to read in the dark, you better not complain. Or if you try and seek out a cooking pot in the back corner of your under-counter cupboard, it will be far more fruitful if you take the extra second to switch on your smartphone flashlight app than to search in poor light.
This Advent we have been talking about Jesus being the light of the world. I want us to consider this theme for at least one more post. In John 9 we read the narrative of Jesus and his disciples encountering a man blind since birth and Jesus proceeds to heal him. The Pharisees investigate the healing and then persecute the healed man because this miracle of Jesus is another obstacle in the mission of the Pharisees to discredit Jesus. Jesus finds the man again and engages him in conversation. Keep in mind that a short while earlier (John 8:12) Jesus had made this declaration: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Let’s pick up the conversation in John 9:35-39. Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” 37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” 38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”
Here we see the Master Teacher playing on the themes of light/darkness and sight/blindness. He has come to give sight to the blind. Yes, the physically blind, but even more so to the spiritually blind. To lift the blinding veil of Satan and enlighten hearts to the Kingdom of God. Jesus is the light of the world, and whoever follows him will never walk in darkness. That is one giant invitation for you and I!
So what would that mean for us to ‘look to the light’ as we enter 2016? If we are already disciples of Jesus then we already have access to the light of the world for our lives. Therefore, if we are not in the practice of consulting him for guidance (John 16:13), petitioning him (Phil. 4:6) and casting our cares upon him (1 Peter 5:7) , or receiving from him all that we need for living a godly life (2 Pet.1:3) then it will result in an unnecessarily impoverished life (spiritually, which affects all other areas) . Instead, all we have to do is learn is to develop lifestyle rhythms that have us look to the light. As you enter a new year, may your life be full of light as you keep your eyes focused on the source of Light!