Sunday, August 7, 2022 🎂
“I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness” (John 12:46 KJV).
Dear saints, today, an ambassador marks 34 years of this earthly life!
The Lord Jesus Christ became the God-Man to combat the satanic darkness in the world (see today’s Scripture). He came first and foremost for Israel, His covenant people, to teach them the truth and bring them back to Father God who sent Him to them. Once Israel had a personal relationship with the one true God through Christ, the nation would become God’s kingdom of priests to evangelize the world. Jews and Gentiles alike were in gross spiritual darkness, but, during Christ’s earthly ministry, there was an Israeli believing remnant and even some Gentile believers. They trusted Him, choosing not to “abide” (remain) in their darkness.
A few weeks back, I celebrated 27 years of knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour. For over 15 years now, I have been “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Today, I celebrate my 34th physical birthday. What a journey it has been! I was in darkness for quite a long time, even as a denominationalist, so I have spent most of those years coming into more light from God’s words. There is still a great deal of room for spiritual growth and development, and there are (have been) innumerable distractions and hindrances along the way, but I am steadily moving along by God’s grace and fortunate enough to have the privilege of bringing others with me. Whether we grow ever so slowly, or ever so rapidly, just so long as we grow is what ultimately matters. Let us not be comfortable where we are spiritually, content to be spiritual simpletons and Bible babies. No, as we grow and develop physically, so it is (or, at least, should be!) in the spiritual realm.
“Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain” (Philippians 2:14-16).