I was reading my Bible the other day when I noticed an interesting phrase. John 12:35 says, Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. I found the phrase walk while ye have the light really interesting.
In our Operation Go program, we've had twenty-eight people accept Christ so far. That's an average 4-5 people a week. Some of them seem to genuinely want a relationship with the Lord. Others of them seem to look at it like fire insurance. "I don't really want to change or be different. I just want my ticket out of hell." They're in the club, but they don't want to enjoy the benefits of membership. In John 8:12 Jesus told His disciples, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. In both verses you see an action verb. Walk. Follow. If Jesus is the light (and He is) then we are supposed to walk in Him and follow Him. Salvation is not an insurance policy. It's a life commitment. Don't get me wrong. You're saved the moment you place your faith in Jesus Christ. Your sins are forgiven and you're on your way to heaven from that moment forward.
But to truly have a relationship with Christ, it takes some effort. Look at John 12:35 again. Walk while ye have the light lest darkness come upon you. The verse here implies movement of the Light. Not that Jesus will leave you or you will lose your salvation. But the Light is moving. If you don't move with it, you're going to be swallowed up in darkness. The verse in chapter 8 promises that if we follow Him we will not be in darkness.
Now I don't know about you, but I hate the dark. Complete darkness is smothering, and I get very claustrophobic with the lights off. It doesn't matter how much space I've got around me. If it's totally dark, I can't breathe. And I find it very difficult to walk. I've stubbed more than one toe trying to navigate through a dark room. Why would you want to live your life that way? Why would you want darkness as you make your decisions in life. Why not move through life with enough Light so that you can see where you're going?
What about you? What are some ways you're making sure you're walking in the Light? What do you think walking in the Light means?
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