The first job I held when I came on staff at CedarCreek was LifeGroup Director. We had just begun formalizing a process that would bring support to our group leaders. So one Saturday morning, we gathered all the leaders at our old offices for training on the new process. As I began introducing it, my boss (who will remain nameless) looked at another staff member and whispered, “Wasn’t she in the meeting where we discussed a different plan?”
Talk about being in the dark! (I did get a nice apology and some beautiful tulips out of it!) It is never good for your employees to be in the dark about your vision for the organization. Our lives are much the same. We need to have a clear vision, but that is easier said than done! Maybe we notice something is off, but we really have no idea what it is or how we can fix it. Often, we find ourselves in a shadow realm and sort of get used to the murkiness of a life that lacks clarity of purpose.
This Easter weekend, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder spoke of how Jesus invites us to step out of the darkness and into the light. Jesus talked many times about being the true light (John 1:9), the light that came into the world (John 3:19), the light of the world (John 8:12), the one who came into the world as a light (John 12:46).
Why so many references to light? Because we need light to find our way, and that light is found in Jesus! As Ben said, stepping into the light can be scary. Some of us have grown comfortable in the shadows, convincing ourselves that hiding is the best life has to offer. This shadow world tells us that our lives are mundane and meaningless. That if people only knew what darkness filled your life, they would understand your depression. That things will never get better.
The light that Jesus brings tells us the truth about why he came. He gives us purpose in the mundane! God is much more interested in the process than the product. Do you really think that he needs us to do anything for him? He wants us to walk with him through our days, depending on him, and trusting in his goodness. Ephesians 2:10 says that we are God’s masterpiece, created by him to do the good works that he prepared in advance for us to do! In other words, we can’t mess it up!
Jesus gives us power in the pain of our days. Ben says that we must come to trust that Jesus is stronger than we think! He endured the cross for our sin! Before he was crucified, Jesus endured a flogging that had killed many others. His strength was on display throughout that day of torture, and it is a strength that we can lean on when life becomes too painful for us to bear on our own.
Through the promise and fulfillment of his resurrection, Jesus proved that the best is yet to come. He overcame death, the payment for our sin (Romans 6:23), and brings resurrection life to our lit-up lives! He brings light, his light, to illuminate our paths as we choose to walk with him.
“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.”
How is your vision? Are you viewing your life in the light God offers?
If you have never invited Jesus to light your way, to lead you in his light, today would be a great day to start! Today could be the spiritual birthday of your new life in Christ! If that is your desire, pray the simple prayer below.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the cross. I accept the sacrifice that Jesus, your Son, made for me. I invite Jesus into my heart to be my Savior and Lord. Thank you that all my sins are gone – past, present, and future. Now you see me in the light of Jesus. From this day forward, I ask you to light my way. Give me a desire to follow you and, please, direct my paths. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Lauri White. Lauri is one of the 25 people that God used to start CedarCreek in the Fall of 1995, and was on staff until 2013. Lauri loves Jesus, and loves helping people, especially women, live out of the truth about who we are in Christ. She and her husband Mike live in Oregon, but now spend winter months in Florida near daughter Kelda and her family.
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