What a precious, priceless gift we have in Jesus! Through Him, we find salvation. In Him, we receive life. True life, where not a day passes that we feel in need. If this is your first visit to Thirty Pieces, I invite you to go back to the beginning and read the first six posts in the series. If you’ve been with us from the start, thank you. Either way, I hope these posts stir something in your heart and awaken your soul to everything the Lord has planned for your life.
When we feel alone and unwanted, unloved or unneeded, we know that these are feelings the enemy of lies is trying to make us believe. He wants nothing else than to convince us that you and I are walking the path of life alone. For once we feel alone, it is easy to let the door open a little wider for more of the enemy’s lies to enter. With each lie, more follow, pushing the door to our worlds all the way open. The enemy fills the world with the darkness of his lies and our hearts cannot see the truth even though it’s right before our eyes. We might even begin to doubt God. Dear brothers and sisters, do not fear. God has never left our sides.
What do we do to know and experience life the way God meant for us to? Jesus is the only way…the only answer. If you have come to this post alone, without Jesus, I pray that you would surrender your life to Him (the only one who died for you so that you could truly live). Friend, trust me, when I say that I am praying for you. Ask the King of Kings to rescue you and wrap you in His might arms forever! If you have come here already a believer, forgiven by the blood of the Lamb praise His holy name! He has another great gift for us today. We reached into the bag of pieces and pull one out that has been engraved with the word Light.
Jesus 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) At another moment in His ministry, Jesus warned that “night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:4,5) We are offered the light of the world so that our paths may never be shrouded in darkness. Again, our Lord reminds us: “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” (John 12:46)
This light is such a vital gift for us. The Bible is filled with accounts of how crucial it really is. Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord. (Isaiah 2:5) The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:2) The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. (Isaiah 60:19)
The apostle Paul wrote the perfect action statement for us in his letter to the Roman church. “So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”(Romans 13:12) Jesus in our hearts gives us the ability to avoid the darkness that this world provides. The moment we surrender our lives to Him, He guides us out of our current darkness–Though I sit in darkness,the Lord will be my light. (Micah 7:8)–and keeps us on the path that leads away from it: Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. (Psalm 89:15)
The darkness isn’t where we were made to live. Rejoice with me in thanking Jesus for His gift of Light. As we go through each day, let us keep our Bibles open and study His word. Then we can be confident we are following our Savior to the places He wants us to be. (Psalm 119:105)