Winning in Life – 2/18/2005

Living Life

John 1:4 “In him was life, and that life was the light of men.”

Jesus is eternal, yet He walked on earth. “In him was life, and that life was the light of men.” What does it mean that there was life in Jesus?

Without Jesus we walk in darkness. We walk in a world in which we must make our own way, fight our own fight, make alliances, stand up for ourselves…because no one else really will.

In this kind of life, we always have to be on the defense. We are always looking out for our own good, looking for the angle. Kind of like a black hole, a void of want, sucking everything to itself.

Jesus is light. Light shines in the darkness and fills the void. Light illuminates the world around us, helping us to give instead of take. Light helps us to see how similar we are to everyone else, and to seek to help fill the void for others. Light relieves the burden of need. Paul said “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory.” (Phil 4:19)

Sometimes, we try to block the light. We are born in sin, and our natural tendencies are toward darkness survival. Taking care of self. God wants us to look up, and let Him shine into our lives.

Then life begins. We find the joy of giving, the satisfaction of reaching out. We are able to be satisfied with what we have instead of looking at what we don’t have. We learn to be a friend instead of expecting others to reach out to us. We find joy and peace when we find Jesus. Jesus changes our perspective, cleanses our sins so we can enjoy the light that God shines into our lives, gives us the strength to give to others – and we learn to live life to the full.

Jesus said: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

Prayer: Jesus, help us to live in Your light today. Help us to begin to understand what it means to live life to the full – full of peace and joy that only You can provide. In Your name, Amen.


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