April 9, 2019

 

Turn on the Light
Stephen Heleman

Living In Darkness

Living in darkness changes things, makes things more difficult. In ancient times, it was considered a curse brought on by sin. There is always a tendency to want to put the blame somewhere.

John 9:1-3

1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him."

There are times when our difficulty is caused by our sin or the sin of another. But what if sometimes, the reason is much more complex? What if God wants to do the miraculous through our pain? Our pain and weakness cause us to look to Jesus, and when we do, we can see the greatness of God. 

The Light Comes On

John 9:4-7

4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.

Jesus was sent to be the light of the world, and once we see the light, He sends us into the world to proclaim the Good News. 

Point To The Light

We can't get time back; every moment matters now. There are people all around us living in darkness and headed for an eternity of darkness. We need to take every opportunity to point them to the Light.

John 9:24-25

24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” 25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”

In the last part of verse 25, the healed man very simply tells the people of his experience with Jesus. We have been saved by the Light of the world. When we have the opportunity to show the Light to people in darkness, keep these things in mind:

  • Realize what Jesus did for you. - Your worth is not found in what you do. It is found in who lives in you. 
  • Let your weakness magnify the greatness of Jesus. - You are not the hero of your story...Jesus is. Point people to Him as you share how He has changed your life.
  • Keep the message simple. - You can tell someone what Jesus did for you, just like the healed blind man.

When the light comes on, everything changes. Live so others can see the light of Jesus.

Guided Scripture Reading

Join us this week as we read John, chapters 13 - 15.
As you read, think on the words of Paul to Timothy.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 

Use the following questions to help you consider how you can apply today's reading to your life.

  • What is God teaching me in today's reading? What is good?
  • What is God reproofing (warning) in today's reading? What is not good?
  • Based upon these, what beliefs or behaviors must I correct?
  • What training will I do this week in obedience to this correction? What does God want me to do differently?

 

DEMONSTRATE God’s love

DECLARE the Good News

DISCIPLE near and far

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