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 (NIV)
Do you want to walk in the light? Yes, of course, I want to walk in the light. How can I walk in the light? You can only walk in the light with me. You live in a world filled with darkness. Daily your heart and mind and life are being bombarded by the darkness of this world. If you were not careful, if you paid no attention, one day you would come to think and speak and act like everyone else in this world. Your thoughts and words and actions would be no different than everyone else living in the darkness of this world. You would stumble around. You would misspend your life. You would end up doing what amounted to nothing of eternal value. Your life would be a waste. You would have born no fruit for my kingdom or brought no glory to my name. You would have missed your calling to be a light in the world, as you follow me. I certainly do not want that future. I don’t want that destiny to be true of me. Yes, I know.
So, that brings me to my next and more precise question. How can I walk in the light with you? That is a very good and important question. The answer to that question will change all your thoughts and words and actions. The answer to that question will give your life hope and meaning and purpose. The answer to that question will guard and guide your life away from darkness into the light. The answer to that question will guarantee that you will not misspend your life doing what is of no eternal value. The answer to that question will guarantee that you will bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. I am ready for the answer to my question. Walk in the light with me. Live in an intimate relationship with me. Draw near to me in prayer. Draw near to me in worship. Draw near to me in my word. Draw near to be in the gathering of fellow believers. Draw near to me in service. Follow me to where I lead. Follow me in doing what I ask of you. Will you do all these things that are part of walking in the light with me? Yes Lord, I will. Then you will have the light of life. Then you will have me guiding you though the darkness into my light. Then you will also be a light for me in the world. Thank you, Lord. These things, I will do. That will be very good.
Lord, you are the light of the world. Not only that, you are the light of my life. Thank you for giving my life hope and meaning and purpose and direction as I have followed you. Keep me on course as I follow you to where you lead me to do what you ask of me. Amen
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