Today in John 12:44-50, Jesus tells us that, He has “come as light into the world so that anyone who believes in Him should not remain in darkness”. Our world today is in darkness and we are called to be children of light. But the question is, if that is what we are all called to be -light of the world- why don’t we shine bright? Why is darkness not fleeing before us? Why are we not attracted to the light and therefore remain in darkness?
44 Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
47 “If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. 49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.” John 12:44-50 New International Version (NIV)
Well, somehow I believe we seem to be far away from Jesus. We only pay Him lip service but our hearts are very far away from Him. If we claim to have receive Jesus then we have to receive the words He says too. We cannot believe in one and reject the other, unfortunately that is what we are doing. We act like the things Jesus says are on a menu and so we pick and choose the ones we want to follow and discard the rest.
Let us think about this carefully because there is Judgment day and we will be called to give an account for our actions. What excuse will we offer? Judges give their judgements based on the law, and the law is clear. Eternal judgment is similar, and the standard is to live by the truth which has been revealed by Christ. Remember, our decisions have eternal consequences and by that we determine where to spend eternity. What decision are you making? The choice is yours.
Peace and Joy
Written by Rev. Fr. Courage Dogbey