You are Light

“And the evening and the morning were the first day.” Genesis 1:5

”The evening was “darkness” and the morning was “light,” and yet the two together are called by the name that is given to the light alone! In every believer there is darkness and light, and yet he is not a sinner because there is sin in him, but he is a saint because he possesses some degree of holiness. This will be a most comforting thought to those who ask, “Can I be a child of God while there is so much darkness in me?” Yes; for you, like the day, take not your name from the evening, but from the morning; and you are spoken of in the word of God as if you were even now perfectly holy.

– Charles Spurgeon

In this piece of writing, “The Prince of Preachers”, as Spurgeon is known, points out some thing that should be a comfort to us all: in Christ Jesus we have a pure righteousness that covers all sins, no matter our perception of how bad they are. Of and by ourselves our goodness is as filthy rags. But when we put on the Lord Jesus Christ He gives us a robe of pure white: His holiness is imputed to us. So, who will we choose? Light or dark? Day or night? Jesus or the devil? It all boils down to that one question: Who will you choose?

Family Fun Day

Yesterday we held our 2nd annual Family Fun Day at church. It is the kick-off to VBS week on which we play lots of games, have food and refreshments and live entertainment among other things. It was a glorious day spent fellowshiping with Brothers and Sisters and folks from the community.

My wife and I were sort of ‘in charge’ of organizing it all. It would be a lie if I said it was less than stressful and at times a lot of work, not that I’m complaining. About 10 days ago I finally did what I should have done to start with: I turned it over to God. My, what a difference it made doing that! Stress melted away and everything just went into place. That is until about 30 minutes into the event when I started to allow doubt to creep into my mind.

The crowd was smaller than last year, it was terribly hot and humid, our 20-foot inflatable kept blowing circuits and deflating on the kids, it seemed like we were heading for a dismal event in my mind. Then two of my dear friends, a Brother and a Sister, said just a few encouraging words to me a mere few minutes apart, one thing being ‘when God has His finger in it everything works out.’ Those two dear folks words brought to mind the Scripture ‘my grace is sufficient’ and I realized that the devil was about to get into my head and weaken my faith in my Lord. You see, if I doubted I was doubting Him since I’d already turned it all over to Him.

It wasn’t 15 minutes after that and the folks began rolling in, kids were everywhere having all kinds of good, clean fun and everyone was enjoying themselves. And my lack of faith nearly jeopardized it all; I honestly believe that.

The whole event wasn’t perfect and some items we’d planned didn’t go the way we thought or even happen at all. But God saw to it that things went well. We opened the event with a prayer, reminding ourselves that the reason we were there ultimately was to praise Him and lift up His name. I believe He knew that and blessed because of it, after I had to be reminded that my faith shouldn’t be swayed any because of His timing not matching mine. That is a lesson I have had trouble with all my life but He’s teaching me to understand it better and better.

In the end I stand by what I said at the outset of taking on this responsibility: If any thing good comes of it, it is from God; anything that that was a flop I take full responsibility for.

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