When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said "I am: the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life - John 8:12 NIV
My wife Abbey is terrified of the dark. As soon as she comes into a dark room, the first thing that she will do is turn on the light. The boys and I have fun with this from time to time, taking the opportunity to scare her (all that does is makes her even more afraid!). I know from personal experience how it is to walk in darkness. For you men that are older, you can empathize with what I'm about to say. I'm referring to those nightly bathroom trips that you have to take, especially if you've had something to drink close to bedtime. You get up in the middle of the night and creep slowly to the bathroom so that you won't bump into something. You can't turn on the light for fear of waking up your wife. This becomes even more of an adventure when you are in a hotel or strange home and aren't familiar with your surroundings. While I can navigate to the bathroom more comfortably in my own home, it's in these environments where I need the light to show me the way.
Men, how many of you have experienced the uncomfortable feeling of walking in the darkness and craving the light to show you the way? You are faced with an situation like a new job, new relationship, or the death of a loved one? When this happens, do you crawl around like I do when I'm in the hotel hoping that I don't run into anything on my way to the bathroom? Or do you turn on the light so that your path is illuminated and can see clearly?
In the scripture above, Jesus speaks about how if you will follow Him, become His disciple and believe in Him, you will become a child of God. With this, you will have the light of life. This light is compared to the light of the sun, which we all know provides sustaining life for both plants and animals. Without this light, neither plants nor animals would exist. Like my wife turns on the light to see clearly in a dark room, so should we turn to Jesus and bathe in the light that He shines on us to show us the proper path that we should walk. The first step in order to do this is to realize that you are in darkness. Once this happens and you accept it, you now know that you will need the light and all of it's beneficial properties. At this point, Jesus can now enter your heart and take up residence.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.