“…the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God…”
2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIVUK)
How should we find a way through another year? Jesus and his gospel light up the path before us, is what the Bible suggests.
Many of us try to make life decisions when a new year begins. It is as if we want to make a clean break from how our life has been or from problems that seem to hold us back. I remember the story of a Christian lady who took on the name of Peace Pilgrim. She would have seemed eccentric by today’s standard but she decided to devote her life to walking back and forth across America until people were mature enough to live in peace. Her first walk was on the 1st January, 1953 when she left Pasadena, California to head to the US East Coast. One of her wise quotations was this: “For light I go directly to the Source of light, not to any of the reflections”.
I like her view about light. Christ explained that he was the Light of the world. His disciples did not understand fully what he meant. He later explained that his followers would take the light of his glory wherever they went. That was the good news, the gospel of salvation through Christ; the only true spiritual light of the world.
As we begin a new year, let’s not look elsewhere for the light: turn to Jesus and his gospel, and not to imperfect reflections.
Help us, Father, in this New Year to walk in the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ. In His name.
Study by James Henderson, originally published on Day By Day