“Satan, the god of this evil world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe, so they are unable to see the glorious light of the good news that is shining upon them. They don’t understand the message we preach about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4 NLT)
This morning, I woke up with a huge burden for the people I’ve known throughout my life… the ones who are still locked in the darkness. Now, after walking in the light for almost 20 years, I often forget what it was like when I was on the other side of the threshold. I find it hard to remember what it was like to live in the dark, when I could not see or feel the light that was shining on me. It’s so hard to believe there was a time when I could not comprehend the message about the glory of Christ!
Dear God, I never want to live another second of my eternal existence outside of this light. Jesus is more real to me than anything in this physical earth. I can’t fathom the coldness of having my light removed… the emptiness of having Jesus taken from me. I don’t care that this cold dark world mocks people like me. My profession of faith is not a fraud.
Read these classic words from the Apostle Paul, as he spoke to Timothy (his son in the faith) about how much he believed in Jesus, and how much he wanted Timothy to love Jesus too. Paul’s words to Timothy speak so powerfully to me this morning. I hope they will do the same for you…
2 Timothy 1:9-14 “For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. 10 And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News. 11 And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News. 12 That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return. 13 Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. 14 Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you.”
Did you catch the end of verse 10…
He (Jesus Christ) broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.
If you have this light (the illumination of this light), then carry it faithfully… every day. Never let yourself feel shame for loving Jesus passionately. Instead, bring your light into the darkest places… and shine more and more brightly, until others comprehend the message we preach about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
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That’s my message for today… I just prayed you all another most triumphant day! Thanks for reading my daily blog! Thanks for your comments! With much love…
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