The sun rises in the east but it sets in the west. It moves. If you go outside to stand in the sun in the morning but you do not move, soon you will be in the shade. We are to follow the light of the world, Jesus Christ, but if we don’t move we will not be following any longer and soon we will not be in the light anymore, but in darkness. Follow is an action word that means MOVE!
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.” John 8:12
The speed of light is a universal physical constant. Its value is exactly 299,792,458 meters per second. Faster than sound. Light came to the world so we would know Him but He moves, it is a universal constant that Jesus moves, and He invites us to move with Him. But yet, we don’t. We stand, or worse, we sit. We sit in a pew and never get up to serve. We sit and watch the poor on TV from our cushy couches and never get up to write a check or get on a plane to go to help them. We sit with our hands folded as if in prayer, but we never raise them to volunteer. We sit and waste away hours watching the flickering light of our TV's, computers and smart phones and think it brings us joy, but it doesn't. It only keeps us from coming to the light that brings hope and healing. We sit and the light, Jesus Christ, keeps moving but we don’t and then the light that we once were in turns to darkness. Then we cry and say, “Why is my life in such darkness? Where is the light of the world? Where is God?” He moved my friend, and you did not follow. It is time to get off your seat and move. Seek Him. Seek the light.
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. John 3:19
Do you know what the sunlight does for your body? Sunlight is a vital part of our everyday need. The reason is vitamin D, which is an essential nutrient produced in abundance by skin exposed to the sun's rays. For years, it was seen as being important mainly for strong bones, but now it is seen as a key player throughout the body, including the immune system. Vitamin D deficiency can cause our mood to change. We can become moody, depressed and gloomy. Without vitamin D, our bones become soft and our joints become stiff and achy. We cannot even adequately absorb the nutrients that our body needs for healthy bones without the nutrients from the light. “The Northwest's dreary winters are infamous for inducing depression. But being starved for sunlight can do more than kick you into a psychic hole. A growing body of evidence suggests it can raise your risk of cancer, increase susceptibility to heart attack, diabetes and other disorders, and at least partly account for the region's sky-high rates of multiple sclerosis.” http://seattletimes.com/html/health/2004179538_vitamind13m.html
All of this is also true without the light of the world, Jesus Christ, in our lives. When we starve our bodies of the light of God’s Word we can become moody and depressed. Our spirits decline and the bones of our soul are easily broken without His light. We become unable to stand in the storms of life because of our soft bones. We become lethargic and lack purpose. We want to sleep because life has become dark. Let’s face it, we need our vitamin D, I think of it as short for DADDY!
Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. Proverbs 15:30
The sun rises and then sets, only to rise again the next day. Therefore, even in the rising and setting sun we see the resurrection story of Jesus Christ. We race to see beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the porches of our cabins. We take pictures of them and nudge the people next to us to look and see the beautiful light but yet we lack awe for the light of the world who set like the sun when He died on the cross. We lack awe at the rising of the Son, Jesus Christ, when He rose from the dead. How can we ignore such a light for so long? Isn't the light of Christ worth seeking? Do you see the setting and rising of the Son of God as beautiful? More beautiful than any sunrise or sunset? Does it bring you to tears? Amaze you? Move you? Cause you to nudge the people next to you to look at His beauty?
Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” Luke 1:78-80
Light moves. Now is the time to move with it! Don’t miss the beauty of Christ in your life by sitting in one place. Get up. Raise your hand. Serve as He made you to serve. Do. Don’t put off until tomorrow because tomorrow might not come and you will be left dead in the dark. Seek the light. Seek Him. Seek His Word, which will bring light to your life. Do it today. Move as if you were light because light is within you. Now move as light does and be moved by the light of the world, Jesus Christ.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Written By: Sue Oberg
Jesus Christ is my biggest passion. It is one of my greatest joys to share that passion with others through teaching, bible study, speaking and writing. It is my hope that others will know the love of God in Christ Jesus. But I will be honest, I didn't start out that way it has been a process that God has been working in me for quite some time. He takes the glory even for my passion.