John 8:12 (ESV)
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
Daniel 2:19-23 (MSG)
That night the answer to the mystery was given to Daniel in a vision. Daniel blessed the God of heaven, saying, “Blessed be the name of God, forever and ever. He knows all, does all: He changes the seasons and guides history, He raises up kings and also brings them down, he provides both intelligence and discernment, He opens up the depths, tells secrets, sees in the dark—light spills out of him! God of all my ancestors, all thanks! all praise! You made me wise and strong. And now you’ve shown us what we asked for. You’ve solved the king’s mystery.”
1 John 3:18-22 (ESV)
18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
Light, vision, action. We know what we should be doing, for He showed us first. It wasn’t always like this, Christ changed it then we made it part of our fabric and claimed it as human nature. While we might want to claim it as our own, and some folks are wired that way more than others, it’s not human nature. Let’s face it, it’s a challenge to love unconditionally, without resentment or hatred.
Let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and in truth. In action. In words. In everything we do. Let us give credit where credit is due for the paradigm shift that led to this radical disruption of human nature and the re-framing of what our expectations should be.
Let us recognize how far we have to go to make a difference, to line up with what God is calling us to, and who He’s calling us to.
Let’s take that calling, that vision, and through planning and action, make it the reality God is calling us to.