I love spring and Easter. It is a time of rebirth, sunshine, and beauty. It fills me with hope and makes me feel courageous and ready to step out of my comfort zone, even though it’s sometimes easier to just get by and hide in the shadows. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for an adventure. Lead Pastor Ben Snyder spoke about Jesus inviting us to step out of the darkness and into the light. The big question is:
“Will you step into the light?”
Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone for Jesus?
Several years ago, I was sitting at the Perrysburg campus listening to a sermon about serving. I felt Jesus tapping me on the shoulder and telling me that I needed to sign up to serve during the Sunday service. I will admit I argued a bit with Jesus in my head. “Lord, I already serve. I’m a Group Leader.” Jesus reminded me that I was a Group Leader who wasn’t attending church on a regular basis. (Ouch!)
I felt convicted. After all, serving at the Sunday morning service would help me hold myself accountable to going to church weekly. I went out and signed up. I can’t even begin to tell you how much this changed my life. I met wonderful Christian mentors who challenged me to grow in my faith. I cannot believe the wonderful and amazing adventures I have experienced since I chose to obey God. I am amazed by all the people I encountered who showed me the light and love of Jesus. I pray that Jesus’ light shines through me and makes others feel his amazing love.
I encourage you to be brave, step out of the shadows, and step into the light. For some of you that may mean putting your faith in Jesus for the first time. (If you have just done that, Praise God! I am praying for you.) For others, you are followers of Jesus but have been in the shadows. Make today the day that you make a commitment to step into light. (Praise God—I am praying for you!) For those who serve, thank you for making a difference and being a light to others.
It was ten years ago that I made the decision to step out of the shadows, and I cannot begin to tell you how much God has blessed me. I have experienced his love, peace, and joy so deeply that it overwhelms me in gratitude. I invite you to step into the light! God has a beautiful plan and adventure for your life.
“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.”
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? If not, why? If your answer is yes, how are you being a light to others? What is Jesus calling you to do?
Jesus, you are the light in this dark world. You are my Savior! I love and adore you. Help me to reflect your light and love to others. I deeply want my life to bring you glory and honor. I trust you and surrender my life to you. Amen.
This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.
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