“ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Two of those fears jump out at me as I read the above passage. Without Jesus, we are all dead and in darkness, we are lost. Significantly, man has an inborn fear towards both death and darkness. But because Jesus offers that light and life to us, we are called to be light to others around us. We need not be afraid of the dark, because the light cannot lose against darkness, the darkness will never overcome it. We need not be afraid of death, because Jesus is life. Isn’t that the coolest?
“ There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
We are called to show Jesus to people, to be a light in this world. The fact that humanity did not know God when he came into the world shows how deeply fallen human nature has rejected God… That also shows us again, that if we are showing Jesus to people, we as well may be rejected. As the above passage in John says.. Though some rejected Him, others received him. It does not tell us how many exactly received him, it just says “some”.. But, does it matter? Our calling does not change based upon how many people reject us, or how many people we lead to Christ. The calling on our life is to be a light to those around us, no matter the circumstance. So how can we be a light to the people around us? Look for opportunities. Throughout the week find ways you can bless people. Do the dishes for your mom, help your younger sibling with their homework, be friendly to the employee at the grocery store, pick up an extra coffee for a friend.. Serve others just like Jesus did!
“ The Lord is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread?”
Learning to trust in Jesus as your defense, as your safety, is a daily process.. But with it comes joy, and light. Light and joy that will give you the ability to not fear, and to pour into the lives around you. Do not be afraid to share the gospel, do not be afraid to love people. Jesus lives within you friends, do not fear the darkness… It will never overcome the light of Christ.
“ Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King Jr.