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)
Light Of The World
Without you I was walking in darkness. I was on a path that led away from you. I was living entirely for myself. I was pursuing my own purposes. I was seeking my own plans. Everything in life centered around me. I did what I wanted, when I wanted. I had no higher purpose or greater plan than seeking my own comfort and pleasure. I was into acquiring things and using people. I was independent and self-sufficient. I did not want or need anything from anyone, or so I thought. I was living a foolish life. I was lonely. I was suffering. The foolishness of my ways brought me brokenness. I was unhappy, unfulfilled and discontent. I was struggling. I was questioning. I was searching. I was wandering. I was looking for more. I wanted hope and meaning. I wanted a future that was worth living. I was empty. I was without hope in my broken, sin filled darkened life. I reached the end of my rope. I was at the bottom of a pit of despair. It was then that I cried out to you. I asked you to show yourself to me, if you were real. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that was a prayer of mine.
Did I answer your prayer? Did I show myself to you? Did I lift you out of your pit of despair? Did I give you a new life that is worth living? Did I give you a higher purpose and greater plan to pursue? Yes Lord, you did show yourself to me. You pulled me out of darkness and brought me into the light. Now I know, that I will never be alone. I will never live in despair. I now live for what is far greater than my own comfort and pleasure. What’s that? I now live to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I now want to know and do your will. I now want to do what is pleasing in your sight. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom. I want to follow you to wherever you lead me. I want to bring glory to your name. I am happy. I am at peace. I am filled with joy. I have purpose and meaning in my life as I love, follow and serve you. You are the light of the world. You are the light of my life. You have given me far more than I could have hoped for or dreamed of. I am so glad that I am all yours. I am so thankful that you called me to come to follow you. I am filled with joy as I walk in the light with you. That is very good.
Lord, thank you that you are the light of the world. Following you has made it possible for me to never walk in the darkness, but have the light of life. Help me to always follow you and live in your light. I will follow you to wherever you lead me. Amen
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