The sun can be pretty bright. But all it takes is one hand raised between you and the sun to blot out its brilliance. By covering our eyes we can block the sun’s light. With one outstretched hand, we can also block the light of God’s Son. God’s light continues to shine but we don’t always want it to shine on us. Sometimes it feels so intense, so bright. There’s a part of my flesh that doesn’t always want to glow so much.

We live in a dichotomy of desires. One day we want all of who God is and the next we would rather take a break. Like a moody dating relationship, we tend to struggle with consistency in our relationship with Jesus. Of course, we want Jesus NOW when we are in trouble, in need, or desperate. Then there are the days when our focus has been captivated by something else; our plans, our wants, our schedule, our busyness and we ignore Him.

lightNo matter how important we think our planet is, everything does not revolve around us, we revolve around the sun. Believe it or not – the sun ultimately dictates our physical survival or death. The earth is at a perfect distance from the sun to sustain life. Not too hot. Not too cold. It rotates on an axis at a perfect angle and moves at a perfect speed to maintain seasons, gravity, and light. Without the central role of the sun we wouldn’t survive. It’s easy to go about our day completely forgetting about the impact of the sun. I know I haven’t stopped to be thankful for the sun lately, have you?

Have you stopped to think about the role of the SON, Jesus, in your life lately? Much like the sun, our eternal existence revolves around the Son. Without Jesus we won’t survive. Without Jesus we don’t really have life. Where does Jesus go while we are ignoring him? Nowhere. He is always on the throne reigning over this world. He is the center of all that is light and life. Whether we stop to acknowledge that He is King and that we need Him won’t change this truth; He is King and we NEED Him. 

Perhaps you haven’t been holding up your hand to blot out Jesus completely from your life but you have areas where you block the light. What is it? What area of your life have you been trying to keep Jesus out of? Your dating relationships? Your money? Your time? Your dreams and plans? Your career? If you are like me you don’t have the audacity to deny Jesus access to your whole life but you might try and hold a few things back. The gospel of Jesus isn’t about some of you and some of Him. It’s about ALL of you and ALL of Jesus.

“If you try to hang on to your life,(or parts of it) you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” Matthew 16:25 (NLT)

“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (every part!).‘” Matthew 22:37 (NIV)

“In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” Luke 14:33 (NIV)

Strong words. Bold invitation. We are surrounded by a society that wants to have one foot in and one foot out when it comes to following Jesus.

We are surrounded by a society that wants to have one foot in and one foot out when it comes to following Jesus. Many people are prepared to give God their faith for heaven but withhold their obedience on earth. Listen, if you can trust God with your eternity why can’t you trust Him with today? Jesus gives salvation freely by grace. We can’t and won’t ever deserve His love and salvation. That truth must remain the message of the gospel. But the message of salvation and grace isn’t a future destination, it’s a present condition. God makes you new when you begin your relationship with Him. He begins to transform you into the image of Jesus. And Jesus looks different than this world. Do you look different?

Jesus gives salvation freely by grace. We can’t and won’t ever deserve His love and salvation. That truth must remain the message of the gospel. But the message of salvation and grace isn’t solely a future destination, it’s also a present condition. God makes you new when you begin your relationship with Him. He begins to transform you into the image of Jesus. And Jesus looks different than this world. Do you look different?

gainWhat does Jesus look like? Always dependent on the Father. Always in communication with the Father. To follow Jesus is to always be dependent on God the Father and be in a relationship with Him. It’s okay to give up your life and everything you have now because what God will do in and through you is far better. The great exchange of your junk for his treasure is worth it! He gives you beauty for your ashes, healing for your pain, family for your loneliness, peace for your turmoil, hope for your doubt, grace for your sin, light for your darkness.

“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12 (NLT)

May you withdraw your hand. Let go of the doubt, anger, pride, selfishness, fear and let Jesus become your everything. May His face shine upon you and bring you grace. May you give up what you cannot keep to gain what you cannot lose. Give Jesus your life and all that you are. Salvation is found in Jesus alone. It is the gift of God to change our lives forever, here now, and for eternity.

Go ahead talk to Him about it right now. He’s listening.

Don’t blot out the SON, step into the light.

-Josh