My friend, may I ask you a question? Someday when Jesus returns will our opportunity to reflect the light of his gospel have passed? When we walk without regard for the light, will the outcome be the one we envisioned?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
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Recently I had an appointment in town with someone whose address was unfamiliar to me. I called and left a message on his phone asking him for the address. Later he called back and graciously gave it to me over the phone. As I was in the garage at the time looking for a screwdriver, I didn’t have anything to write it down on, so I took a slip of paper out of my pocket, jotted down the address and, still preoccupied by the screwdriver search, placed the slip of paper on my workbench; forgetting almost immediately how important it was. Unfortunately I failed to pick it up again after that. Several days later as I was leaving the house for the appointment, I remembered I had left the note on the garage workbench. As I was already halfway down the driveway and running late, I quickly checked my watch, stopped the car and hurried back to the garage. It was getting toward late afternoon and it was a cloudy day, so the garage was dark. I turned the overhead light on but the light over the workbench was on a pull chain and I was in too much of a hurry to pull it. I simply grabbed the piece of paper from the bench, stuffed it in my pocket and raced back to the car. Jumping into the car, I raced to make my appointment. Halfway there I remembered the paper in my pocket. Slipping it out to note the address I saw only numbers and a hardware store logo. I had grabbed the wrong piece of paper. Had I turned on the light, I would have had an address and not just a receipt.
Jesus implores us in John 12:25 “to walk in the light” while there is yet time. Jesus Christ is the Good News, the light for all mankind by which we ought to be guided in service to others. Someday, however, when he returns our opportunity to reflect that light will have passed. When we walk without regard for the light, there is only one outcome; and it is likely not the one we envisioned.
Here’s a story: Making decisions in the dark can lead to some regrettable consequences. Back in the days before electricity, a tightfisted old farmer was taking his hired man to task for carrying a lighted lantern when he went to call on his best girl. “Why,” he exclaimed, “when I went a-courtin’ I never carried one of them things. I always went in the dark.” “Yes,” the hired man said wryly, “and look what you got!” (Source Unknown.)
Sometimes what we get isn’t what we wanted. I was sure that I had the right piece of paper in hand; so sure that I felt no need to pull the chain over the workbench to ensure I didn’t make a mistake in what I picked up. Nevertheless, my confidence in knowing exactly what I was doing was misplaced. I failed to grab the right piece of paper and ended up having to make another embarrassing phone call. I got what I had reached for, but it wasn’t right. Smugly satisfied with my own ability to overcome a difficult situation, I relied only on myself and not on the benefit of the light. All of us have an important appointment with Jesus coming up in the future. The directions to get there are within grasp if only we reach for them in the light of the gospel of Christ to reveal the way. We just need to pull the chain and turn on the light of Jesus Christ in our lives. It takes but a moment of light to deal with the darkness of eternity.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the Light by which we might walk into eternity without fear of where we are going and how we are getting there–Jesus Christ. Forgive us, Lord, when we become smugly assured of ourselves, taking risks that our own best judgments and abilities can get us through this life and into eternity successfully. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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