Saturday, December 4th and Sunday, December 5th
This devotion is the written accompaniment to a video Advent message that can be viewed on our YouTube Channel by clicking HERE.
Shine The Light!
John may be taking us back to the beginning of creation. Genesis 1:1-2 tells us: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. John develops the theme throughout his gospel of light and darkness. Light brings us comfort. Knowing that those who hear about him and believe in him don't have to walk in darkness any longer. LOOK AT THE SECOND PART OF THE VERSE: the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. This is an awesome truth! God brings great peace to you for no matter where you are, no matter what circumstance faces you, God's Spirit is present hovering over the waters.
We need go no further than Genesis 1:3-4 to see this truth. God said (the action of Christ in creation) let there be light and there was light. And God saw the light that it was good. Light was the thing Christ brought forth and good was the attribute to that light.
Have you ever pondered how powerful light is? When one is in the dark, we are desperately seeking any light for guidance to safety. Children sometimes need a night light for comfort, or direction to the bathroom at night. I can tell you, being at Camp Christian at dark when there is very little lighting is a little scary. Darkness makes us uncomfortable, we connect darkness to bad things. Darkness also lacks the ability to physically overcome light. Remember this the next time a storm hits and the lights go and you turn on a flashlight. Light overcomes darkness. Darkness cannot conquer light. Light will always prevail over darkness. No matter how dark your situation, the light of Christ will overcome it and allow peace and love to reign in your heart.
God sent his son Jesus, He was born of flesh and blood, and was flesh and blood just like you and me. We as Christians confess that he is the Light of the world. His love for us no matter who we are, he wants to shine in our life. He wants to provide us with an everlasting hope, peace, joy and love. But in the church we also have a light too. God has provided us resources to do so. Jesus as our guide on earth shines his light every day. We have been created to be His light now. You must know the old song, “This little of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!” It might be one little light but when we put all our lights together, it’s pretty bright. Imagine what we can do together that you and I can shine into our world of darkness. The difference we can make. Are you willing? Wherever you go, take that light of Christ, and we let it Shine because when we do we bring hope to a dark world. Amen Church.
Chair of the Camp Christian Committee