Walking in the Light
Easter is that wonderful time when Christians are reminded of God’s amazing power. Of course we see God’s power in springtime with grass and other plant life showing new signs of life. This past year’s drought was hard on many ornamentals and created a great environment for weeds. As our favorite yards and bushes and trees begin to bloom we are also surrounded by numerous, sometimes kind of pretty, weeds. One lesson to learn from this is that everything that comes into our lives is not desirable or necessary.
The author of 1 John says, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.” (Chapter 1, vs. 5 NRSV) We are reminded of the existence of both light and darkness, things desirable and Godly and other things, some of which or very destructive. Easter becomes for us a time to remember that we are sinners and that without Christ in our lives we find it impossible be different.
Those of us that profess Jesus Christ as Lord want to be in continuous fellowship with God. When we participate in our faith community and with others struggling to enter into or to remain in the light we grow closer to Jesus Christ through the process. When we make little or no effort to live into the light we can easily stray into the darkness. When we say that we are Christian and our lives, our attitudes and our behaviors do not reflect the light we deceive ourselves. Whereas we can attest to our belief and to our desires to be righteous, those looking to us for light can easily see the truth.
The process is a simple one. First, we must be realistic. Regardless of our attempts toward righteousness, we fall short. Second, by following Jesus Christ and living into our Baptism we are able to discern the difference in things of light and things of darkness. Third, as we are able to confess our failings and honestly look at who and where we are we are positioned to be forgiven. Finally, by admitting that as sinners we are in need of redemption we are forgiven, accepted and welcomed into the mercy and grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In Chapter 1, verse 3, 1 John says, “we declare to you what we have seen and heard to that you also may have fellowship with us, and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.” Easter provides for us a shining light in the darkness. We are drawn to the light, but still live in a world enveloped in darkness. We need the light to grow and flourish and so does the world. We are the Body of Christ for each other and for the world. My prayer is that you will keep the light of Easter alive and that we may all become beacons of light for a hurting world.
Rev. Jack Womack is Senior Pastor of Hope Community United Methodist Church in Pasadena, just Southeast of Houston. If you are ever in the area, Hope Community would love for you to come by and worship with them.
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