Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” NIV
Today in church the sermon was about the life of C.S. Lewis. I must admit that while I have read his Narnia books and watched the movies, I did not know much about the life of this man. Raised a nominal christian, he became an atheist in his teenage years. Through circumstance, he became friends with many people who ultimately help change his mind and make him one of the most influential christian writers of all time. His works number in the hundreds, including his autobiography Surprised By Joy. (I will be getting that as my first purchase on my new book reader which I am hoping Santa will bring to me!)
It has been on my mind lately about how out of focus the world seems when you don’t have Christ in your heart. As usual, God knew what I needed to hear today and Pastor Tierce Green spoke about seeing clearly in his sermon. C.S. Lewis said ” I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” That so spoke to my heart. When God’s word is ingrained upon my heart and mind, I have all the answers to the questions. I might not like the answers but they are there just the same. Sometimes my vision or understanding may be clouded by the sins of doubt or fear or disobedience. In the worst case, I can lose sight of God completely. Steven Furtick put it perfectly when he said in his book Sun Stand Still “Sometimes God lets the sun go down so that He can be our only light.”
“Sometimes God lets the sun go down so that He can be our only light.” I repeat that because it is a statement that can lift you from the very depths of despair. When we have let the world become more important that God, when we have lost sight of the importance of eternity, when we have let the commercialism of the holidays take over our hearts and minds, let us always remember that without Christ there would have been no light over the stable. Without God there would have been no light in the heavens. Without God sending His son to us to die for our sins, we would have no light in our lives.
Let us all remember to let this holiday season be about the Light of the World. Let us use that light to show others the real reason behind the season. Sharing the light of the gospel is a gift with eternal significance. So much more than a snuggy or a gift card to the local coffee shop. Wrap the gift of God’s love in a beautiful package of friendship and love and place it in the hands of someone whose life is dimmed by the weight of the world. Let God’s light shine through you and make your world a brighter place!