For the last several months, I have been mountain biking with my youngest son. A couple of times a week, we head to the nearby hills and bike for about an hour. It has bonded us together and shown me how out of shape I am. One time we went night riding. It was pitch dark except for the light strapped to our handlebars. While it was exhilarating, I prefer to ride in the daylight. As Christians, there is a temptation to walk in darkness. We need to walk closer to the light.
“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
Jesus is the Light
The theme of light versus darkness is prevalent throughout scripture. Jesus highlights it several times in the Gospels. It is a good illustration of good versus evil and right versus wrong. Sin and death lurk in the darkness while life is found in the light. The only way that we can walk in the light is to follow Jesus. You cannot manufacture your light, nor can you bring yourself out of the darkness. Jesus is the light of the world.
The danger that a lot of Christians play with is trying to remain on the fringe. They want the light in their lives, but they like to hang in the shadows. They dabble in little sins and white lies but avoid the appearance of being controlled by any besetting sins like pornography or addictions. The problem with this is that Jesus sees us, and eventually, our sins will find us out.
Walk Closer to the Light
Walk closer to the light. It won’t blind you if you gaze into it, it will illuminate your heart. Jesus isn’t trying to expose your dark corners but give you a life that you never imagined. When you are fully immersed in the light, there is a feeling unlike anything you have ever experienced. Your heart is warmed, and your eyes can see clearly. It will prevent you from stumbling into sin and fill your mind with possibilities you never imagined.