2012-11-22 / Worship

Light for our way on God’s chosen path of grace

By REV. FICKLEN GUIN
(Luke 8: 16-21)

The darkness of the secular world often makes spiritual matters seem obscure to us. God sent his Son Jesus Christ to be the Light of the world. Jesus explained God’s path of grace to his small group of disciples and then charged them to spread the gospel worldwide. By the light of Jesus and his followers, the world will be led to God’s saving grace, one soul at a time.

When we accept Christ, thus taking the first step on the path of grace, God gives us his light, and spiritual things suddenly begin to make sense to us. But with the privilege of enlightenment comes a responsibility. Jesus said, “No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light” (verse 16). Jesus wants us to help spread the gospel so that all mankind can experience God’s grace.

He continued, “For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad” (verse 17). God did not intend the gospel to be obscure or secretive. He wants his love and salvation to be accessible to everyone. “Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have” (verse 18).

The secular world drains our spiritual energy daily and, eventually, we become totally depleted. But for those who hear and understand the gospel, Jesus bestows spiritual gifts that make us richer and richer each day, without limit. So it behooves us to listen, to read and study, and to strive to understand God’s Word, in order to be able to convey it to those who haven’t yet heard it.

As He was speaking these verses, Jesus’ family came to take Him home; they feared He was in danger from his enemies. But when Jesus heard that his family was asking for Him, he said, “My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it” (verse 21). When we accept Christ and enter upon the path of grace, we all became members of his family, the family of God.

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