Sunday, April 2

They don't know what they are missing

I learned something very interesting on the drive from Chicago to Phoenix. We left Thursday evening after dinner, and drove until about 1 a.m. We got up early the next morning, and drove about 19 more hours to get to my brother's house. The sun set while we were in western New Mexico.

Did you know that Arizona and Central Illinois look exactly alike? At least they do when you are driving through them in the dark. Both are mostly flat, both are mostly empty, and when you can't see beyond the range of your headlights, both are mostly dark. The truth is, the scenery is incredibly different. As an Illinois resident, I find most of Illinois to be boring to look at, while the Arizona desert was fascinating. But in the dark, you can't see what you're missing. So everything looks the same.

I have known Christians who have not been able to understand why everyone doesn't become a follower of Christ. I think the truth is that a lot of people are like me when I was driving across the country. They live in the darkness and can't see what's out there. They don't know they are missing something because they can't see the scenery around them.

Jesus is the light of the world. When people have Jesus in their lives, they don't walk in darkness. They can see. They can see benefits of having Christ in their lives, and the impact that he has on the world around them. People who haven't encountered Christ haven't had that experience with the light yet.

In order to help others see what is around them, Jesus makes his followers the light of the world, as well. It is our job to help them see what they are missing. Light draws people, and it illuminates. As followers of Christ, we should do both. We should be the kind of people that others want to be around. And we should help them to see the truth about Jesus.

When we are working right as followers of Jesus, we will help people so that they are no longer just driving down the highway in the dark, but can actually see the fantastic evidence of God's work around them.

1 comment:

TheBGRT said...

You make a very good point there Tim. I think that can be said about people within the confines of the Church as well. They see it as something other than what it is and get bored with their faith. If only they were to see the beauty of it in its entirty. (hope I spelled that right, haha).