There once was a man named John. He was sent from God to tell the people about Jesus, the One who said of himself,
“I am the light of the world.”
John was –
- “to bear witness of the Light,
- that all men through him might believe.
- He was not that Light,
- but was sent to bear witness of that Light …
- the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” John 1:7-9
There was only one problem. Jesus came but soon he would be going back to the Father. His light would no longer walk among us.
“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.
While ye have light, believe in the light,
that ye may be the children of light.
These things spake Jesus ….”
Jesus would go to the Father but he would not leave us in darkness. He would leave his light in those who believe in him.
A Story of Light
“Remember me! Remember me?” The shrill voice of the older teen waving her hands above her head carried across the store better than any intercom.
I smiled. A blank stare clouded my eyes.
“It’s me from Day Camp,” she explained.
Her name brought recollection. As director, I didn’t always get to know the children well, but I knew the names from the registration process. I could honestly say, “ Yes, I remember now. How are you?”
Without answering my question, she asked about one person. “Miss Ruby? Is she still at camp? How is she doing?”
Miss Ruby taught the six-year-olds about Jesus and his love for years. It wasn’t only her words they remembered. It was the love.
“She was great. She got in the lake with us and taught us all how to swim. She was always right there with us.” She showed her children the love of the Lord.
Miss Ruby is now in her early nineties. Her hearing and eyesight are dim but the light of the Lord in her shines brighter than ever. When she could no longer drive she would walk to her neighbors’ homes and invite them to church or given the slightest opening, tell them about the Lord and how they needed him in their lives. She even hosted a bible study in her home. Her son lead it since she could no longer read. But I can guarantee you, those present heard about Jesus from her own lips.
I talked to Ruby a few days ago. The first thing she talked about was who she had been sharing Jesus with and of course the camp. The light of Jesus shines brighter in her the closer she gets to home. She reminds me of the verse in Psalms concerning –
“Those that be planted in the house of the LORD
shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bring forth fruit in old age;
they shall be fat and flourishing;(If someone reads this to you, Ruby, I’m not calling you fat.)
To shew that the LORD is upright:
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.”
Sister Ruby’s light of Christ continues to shine to the glory of her heavenly Father. We who walk in Jesus’ light are –
Children of light;
“But we all,
with open face beholding in a glass the glory of the Lord,
are changed into the same image from glory to glory,
even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 3:18;
“For ye were sometimes darkness,
but now are ye light in the Lord:
walk as children of light …
Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Ephesians 5:8; Matthew 5:16
And we who, like Sister Ruby, have tasted of the Lord’s grace are among –
“A chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people;
that ye should shew forth the praises of him
who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;”
1 Peter 2:9
If your light isn’t burning as bright as it once did, walk a little closer to its source.