Walk in the light
… “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)
He said, ‘Never had fish fingers before!’ That’s right. That’s what an elderly neighbour of mine told me after sampling fish fingers for the first time in 84 years of life.1 They were on his shopping list and the following week he gave his verdict and feedback: ‘They were lovely! I’ve never had them before.’ ‘What? You’ve never had fish fingers before!’ I exclaimed. After years without experiencing this culinary delight my neighbour’s eyes were opened and he liked what he saw, or rather, tasted.
This little real-life encounter is analogous. Evidence of Christianity is all around us, though arguably fading fast from sight in our 21st century confusion, secularism, and Christian denial. Yet, it seems, fewer than ever stop to taste or look. As the old adage says, ‘There is none so blind as those who refuse to look.’
It is sometimes hard to believe, but people are blind and in darkness until the veil is removed from their eyes (John 6:44). There are so many: family members, friends, acquaintances, and colleagues. All blind. It’s true that many may be friendly or kind, helpful or considerate; all gifted in some way or other, but nonetheless, blinded.
The Bible tells us that ‘The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.’ (2 Corinthians 4:4)
There are people all around us living blindly, in darkness, until their eyes are opened. Just like my neighbour and his fish fingers moment. The key point is that we are to be a light in the darkness. It’s written: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14). The more we move in the light the more likely we will lighten the darkness of those we encounter who are in the dark. It is integral to our calling – to be lights. (1John 1:5-7)
Our great God and Father in Heaven, please guide us to be close to you and your Son, our Saviour Jesus, that we may allow you to shine your light of life through us to all we encounter. Amen.
Study by Kevin Harris
1 Fish fingers arrived on the consumer scene over 60 years ago. ‘They were introduced to the UK market in 1955 with the sales pitch: “No bones, no waste, no smell, no fuss.” They were an immediate hit…’ Fish fingers turn 60: how Britain fell for not-very-fishy sticks of … http://www.theguardian.com › wordofmouth › sep › fish-fing…
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Kevin Harris attends the Watford congregation of Grace Communion International.
St. Peter’s Church
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