"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
So… we begin another year… Second by second 2000+ years have trickled through the hourglass of time since Jesus Christ walked the shores of Galilee. Shortly after the death and resurrection of Christ John wrote, "The Light continues to shine in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it." (John 1:5) John, of course, meant that Christ had come as a light in a dark world, and with His coming, man had a new purpose in living, and a new hope. Perhaps today, it takes even greater faith to believe that darkness is really passing away.
Many believe that the moral and spiritual gloom that confronts the world today is greater than at any period in history. The situation today is something like the despair of a person at the bottom of a hundred-foot well when the only hope for escape comes from above. Three thousand years ago David cried, "My help cometh from the Lord who made heaven and earth." (Psalm 121:2) How do you respond to the darkness around? Do you curse it and wish that it wasn't there, or do you light a candle - even a small one - and drive back the darkness? Remember the words of Jesus Christ to those who follow Him? He said, "You are the light of the world..."
A person who sits and curses the darkness only adds to his misery; the answer is to do something to drive back the darkness! Your duty is to punch holes in the dark. In short, your responsibility is to fulfill the admonition of the Apostle Paul, who wrote these words to the Philippian - beautiful guidelines for living: "Be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation among whom you appear as lights in the world..." Remember, the smallest light is greater than the most powerful darkness. " Jesus said, "You are the light of the world..." A light in a world of darkness is the answer to the moral and spiritual chaos that confronts us today. Be that light.
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