One of my favorite people asked me this morning, “Why do people blame guns instead of a lack of knowing Jesus?” I am not sure and quite honestly this question was way more than I could answer at 7:00 am or at anytime for that matter of fact.
The more messed up this world seems, the more good and right the ways of the Lord are to me. There is no other way. Politicians are not going to pull us out of darkness. Health professionals, although very helpful, are not going to save us from darkness. Not our pastor… not our spouse… Only One defeats darkness. He is the Light.
“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12 NLT
Jesus brings light to humankind. Only He can remove the darkness. He is the way, truth and life. I am so thankful Jesus saved me from darkness. I do not have to fear evil because He is my Savior.
But, I can’t help to have a heavy heart for those who have been blinded and do not see or know the light of Christ. Why do we blame guns and not a sinful heart? Maybe that’s easier to understand… Maybe we don’t know what sin is and how dark it can become… Or possibly, we don’t know the only One, Jesus Christ, who can forgive our sin and give us a new heart, a heart that wants to love rather than kill…
I have been forgiven. Christ has given me a new heart.
“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.” Ezekiel 36:26-27 ESV
Probably most of you reading have turned to the Lord and been forgiven and washed clean by the blood of Christ and given a new heart. If not, I pray this sparks a curiousity to learn more about the Savior of the world. But, for those of us that know the hope of Christ, I encourage you to let the light of Jesus shine. This is a bit hard for me to write because the morning of the horrific news of tragic loss in Las Vegas, I said to my husband, “Well, that will make you want to never leave the ranch.” Of course, the Lord wasn’t going to let me believe this crazy thought. Through my bible study this week God has shown me the light of Christ is not to be hidden. The world desperately needs this Hope we have. Today, I have a greater desire for others to know the only One who can save us from sin and darkness. There is no better time than now to let the light of Christ shine in our lives. Perhaps your friend, neighbor or that person you didn’t realize was observing your life will be drawn to the Light because we didn’t hide but instead let it shine brightly.
“Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all.” Matthew 5:15
Lord, help us shine BRIGHT so that many might know.