Journey Group Devotional, 10/2/15
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. John 9:5
During the discussion that arose from Jesus’ second I AM statement, He makes it clear that while He is the light of the world, He is from above and not of this world. He is, of course, the Bread of Life and the light of life, sent from the Father to provide what we need in our sin darkened world.
Following Jesus will no doubt one day take us to heaven. We give a lot of emphasis to salvation and leading people to Christ – and well we should! We rejoice that heaven is our home and final destination.
But while we are not OF this world, we are still IN this world.
Christianity, which is about Christ, is about the here and now as well. While we can look back to the time we believed and realized our sins were forgiven and heaven was our destination. We can look ahead and know that one day all sickness, sorrow, and suffering will end and we’ll live with Him eternally. But we have LIVE in the present!
I’m occasionally asked, What is the secret to successfully following Christ? Let me suggest two things:
- Hang tough. Following Christ requires commitment – a daily commitment, (see Matthew 16:24-26; John 12:24-26).
- Hang tight. The church is God’s plan and we need one another for encouragement and support, (see John 17:11; Hebrews 4:23-25).
Final thought: As followers of Christ, we have been called out of darkness and into the light (1 Peter 2:9). We are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). And according to His purpose, (2 Timothy 1:9) we are here for a reason. Let me add one more thought help you successfully follow Christ.
Hang out with the Light, Walk with the Light. John 1:4-5 says, Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness… We are no longer OF this world but we are IN this world for a reason. When we hang out with the Light, we can effectively carry the Light to a dark world. Find ways to connect with people who need Jesus. Hang out with people and let your light shine! (Matthew 5:14-16; Philippians 2:14-15).