This morning I woke up with a grieving heart and spirit. My load felt heavy and the burden I was carrying was humanity in general. I don’t have to look very far to see sin, upon sin, upon sin. Some days I feel so insignificant as a born again believer in Christ, as I to be a light in this dark world. The only thing that keeps me shining a lot of days is knowing that darkness cannot kill light, but light can kill darkness.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend [overcome] it. -John 1:1-5 (NKJV)
Often I panic when I think of all the lost people heading to eternal damnation and my duty to reach these people. Oh the love that swells in my soul when I think of these people. My heart cries with a mournful love, and I call out to Jesus to save these souls, the millions of souls that I do not know, and the few that I do. I yearn for everyone to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The one who took upon himself the sins of this world, and shed His saving blood to cleanse us from these sins if only we repent, and believe on Him that saved us.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God. -John 3:16-21
I have to remind myself that I am not the light. In the same way that John the Baptist was not the light, as we read in John 1:8.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. -John 1:6-8
This is such wonderful news to me when I feel that my light is dimmer than I would like it. I do not have to carry the burden of a Godless humanity, but I do need to bring these to the Lord in prayer. Dying for the sins of the world is not on me, but I do have a duty to introduce the one who has to those dying in their sin. I am not the light, but I know the one who is, and that is why I can go on each day.