This morning’s sunrise was spectacular!
I love the newness, the freshness and the clarity that comes with the rising sun. I am a morning person. It is my time to get after it. It is time to have a cup of coffee and listen to the birds as I plan my day.
For me, the morning exemplifies the spiritual reality of moving from darkness to light. Or the biblical truth from our text this week from Colossians 1 where Paul tells us in verses 13-14: “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
The kingdom of Jesus is the antithesis of spiritual darkness. Living a life following Jesus is filled with a light that brings peace, hope and joy. Walking with Jesus brings a faith-based clarity that trusts God’s ways and His chosen revelation. The Kingdom of Jesus is grounded in a love that transcends life’s difficulties and believes that life has meaning even when it isn’t easy. Jesus is the Light of the World and therefore, I see things rightly and truly when I am walking through life with Him.
When my world is dark, I simply don’t see things clearly or the way they really are. Is there something dangerous out there? Should I be afraid or am I just imagining something? Am I unaware that there is something that will be harmful to me just around that turn? We need Jesus’ light to show us where to go and what to avoid. Living in the light is to live free from unnecessary fear as we worship the One True God. If God is for us – who can conquer us? NO ONE!
To live in the Kingdom of the Son [Jesus] is to know who I am. Living in the light is to claim my need and my new status. I am no longer wondering if I matter or if I can produce value for myself. To be in God’s Kingdom is to understand my Creator’s view of me. I am valued beyond comprehension and that is my starting point. As I believe that, as I claim that and live out of that I find light where others find only darkness. I see beauty and possibility where others see nothing of value.
I invite you to join me this Sunday as we look at Colossians 1:1-14. We will learn about God’s precise use of grammar in His Word that brings the promises of yesterday into today. The completed work of Jesus brings light into your life today. Come and check it out!
Pastor Nick Mundis