I’ve never been one to enjoy being in the spotlight or to stick out in a crowd. I enjoyed not being seen and blending in. When I was in the military there were times it was critical to be unseen. So, I lived in the shadows, seen but not really noticed, maybe barely seen at all. It was needful for me to exist in the shadows at times other times, I did so out of shame.
Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. John 12:35
But, I got to thinking, I also lived in the shadows spiritually. Not enjoying the light of the Saviour. Some was because I didn’t want Christ to see how I was living since I knew I wasn’t living right. The thing is that He sees all and knows all. Despite my hiding myself Jesus still saw me and despite the fact I wasn’t living for Him and was doing wrong, (now THIS is the GOOD part) God still loved me. He still cared. Christ wanted me to live right and be the man He knew I could be for His glory.
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Which in time past [were] not a people, but [are] now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
1 Peter 2:9-10
Aint it amazing that despite all my wrongs and how I turned away from Jesus that He never forgot me and never stopped loving me? We have a mighty and wonderful Lord and Savior indeed.
Well, one thing I must admit is that I still live in shadow, the shadow of the cross. I have been forgiven, I have been redeemed. I HAVE BEEN SAVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If I was in church, I’d say….”CAN I GET AN AMEN?”
The most fantastic thing about it is WE ALL DO, all we need do is confess our sins and acknowledge Jesus is the Son of God and earnestly ask Him to forgive our sins. Then, Poof, we are reborn, new creatures.
Lord, how magnificent You are. I praise You for my salvation and the forgiveness You paid for in my behalf. I pray You continue to work on me, make me a light to others. Guide me in Your plan for me. Help me follow the Path that Christ wishes me to follow. I pray that You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones that they find Your truth and the plan You have for them. Draw them to You.
Thanks for letting me share.