When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12
My wife and I love this season. The clear cold nights seem to accent the moon and stars. There is a radiance and brilliance in the mid-night sky that we do not see on those warm summer evenings. As we look over the vast Northern Idaho prairie to see the variety of Christmas decorations, we are impressed with the many lit trees, houses, clock towers, church steeple, and manger scenes.
As precious as it is to see the many lights that cover our landscape, nothing compares with the light Christ’s cast into the darkness of our sinful world. As God looked into the darkness of man’s soul he realized that a special kind of light was needed. His son coming to earth as the God-man would remind mankind how far we strayed from the warmth of our Creator’s light. His ultimate love and compassion for sinful man came in the form of a babe in the manger.
The Word (Light) was made into flesh. And unto us a child was given. The Psalmist tells us, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105) God’s word also challenges us to watch out for the ways of this world as we endeavor to walk in the light of His word. We are warned to be careful, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)
As we ponder the opportunities we will have to share the Christmas story let us remember God’s word: “Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” (Isaiah 2:5) “He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.” (John 1:7)
Let us pray for those who do not know or have not yet received the light that a relationship with Christ can bring. And as a reminder, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” (Ephesians 5:8)
His light radiates through each person who has accepted Christ into their lives. Who do you know that needs some light and joy in their lives? Why not invite them to a Christmas program at a local church.
If you have a good friend or relative that doesn’t know Christ pray for an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to move their hearts to ask questions that allows you to respond. The answer book (God’s Word) has answers to every question or concern. You can directly access our Ready Reference Bible Guide through any electronic device. Simply go to https://mensministrycatalyst.org/bible-ready-reference-guide/
This devotional is a guest post by Dr. Jim Grassi. He is the founder of Men’s Ministry Catalyst, a ministry partner of Promise Keepers.