Friday, September 10, 2004
Pastor Bob North
As a kid growing up in the greater Yakima Valley, I was extremely afraid of the dark. "Phobia" would not even begin to describe my fear of the unknown. It probably did not help that I had a bend toward scary movies either. Although they were so predictable, they never ceased to scare the living daylights out of me. I wanted to sleep with the lights on, checking under the bed for bad guys, or looking in the closet for any stray monsters (Monsters, Inc. hit way too close to home). I am sure many of you can identify with my juvenile fear.
In the gospel of John, Jesus made this statement, 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) The word "follow" used in this context is not an ambiguous term of religiosity or ritual. Rather it speaks of relationship. He (Jesus) is speaking of His desire to have a relationship with us. He would rather us walk in the light that He provides than the darkness that leads into fear. To those who do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ, darkness is a reality. Life can seem to be one big scary movie that is not necessarily being watched, but participated in (constantly looking over the shoulder to see if the bad guy is coming after you.)
Jesus said, "I am the Light of the world". One thing you can notice when you walk into a dark room is that it is very hard to see. If you were to proceed into the room there would probably be a plethora of obstacles that could trip you and even hurt you very badly. However, one simple little light switch can make all the difference in the world when flipped to the on position (your toes would thank you very much).
The simplicity of asking Jesus to have a relationship with you and following Him is the light switch that turns on the light which dispels all the darkness you once knew. After all, it is a lot easier to walk in this world knowing where you are going and having the light to see how to get there. Let me encourage you today if you feel like you are trying to find your way, but the path seems so dark; invite Jesus to be your light and forgive you of all your sins and you will have the "light of life".
- Pastor Bob North of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Assemblies of God Church.