The Light of the World

‘…”I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”’

(John 8:12)

This is one of the great “I am” statements that Jesus made in John’s Gospel.  Notice that Jesus is saying that he is the light of the world.  It is hard to realize sometimes that our world largely lies in darkness.  This darkness is not an absence of lighting, but rather the darkness of sin, rebellion and of the spirit.  Our world lacks the light of true life; God’s presence.

As we go through our days, are we in the light as Jesus used the term; the light of God’s truth?  When we walk with Jesus we are…  The question is, are we walking with Jesus?

I recently spoke to a guy who was complaining that life wasn’t going well.  He was upset because nobody appreciated his efforts, his work and his contributions.  It seemed that everyone around him overlooked everything that he was doing for them.  I asked if he was concentrating his attention of his relationship with Jesus, and he told me that he was! Yet, all he was concerned about was what other people were thinking, and whether or not they appreciated him.  I hate to say so, but this poor guy is living in darkness.  If we are walking with Jesus that is, in His light, we don’t even notice that we are being slighted, because our attention is illuminated by the light of His truth. If we are not walking in the light of His truth, it is very easy to be consumed by slights and snubs…

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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2 Responses to The Light of the World

  1. One can be tricked into looking for our own light more than the Light, huh? (Matthew 5:16) Thanks for the thoughts.

  2. Pingback: Light of the World « Life Reference

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