What I realize in looking back on my spiritual growth is that, while we can often name a time, date, and place when we placed our trust in the Lord, what really makes our testimony unique is what we choose to do with that decision every day by continually growing in our faith to experience the fullness of Christ.
During Jesus’ ministry on earth, multitudes would gather to Him in search of greater understanding. But in the days leading up to his death, after listening to Him teach the parables and perform signs, the crowd became anxious in wanting to know more. They were trying to make sense of the miracles and His teachings, creating an internal aching for clarity with their limited competence.
I know that I can definitely relate to wanting the full picture of God’s plan resulting in a questioning of His ways. “Why?” “When?” “How?” I ask Him repeatedly. And on the day Jesus began to foretell his death, the crowd also began to question His explanation of what was to come. They had heard that the Christ would remain forever, so what did he mean when he said the Son of Man would be lifted up? As Jesus often did, he answered the crowd with an indirect but profound response.
So Jesus said to them, “For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. 36 While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.” These things Jesus spoke, and He went away and hid Himself from them. John 12:35-36
In just a few words, he removed the focus from what was to come, and directed them instead to look urgently at the present. What the crowd didn’t realize is that without faith in the unseen, they would gain no further understanding of His words. Many times in Jesus’s teachings and His miracles, Jesus pointed to faith as the foundation for relationship with Him.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
By striving so earnestly to understand before we can move forward, we will repeatedly find ourselves face down in the darkness.
In Jesus’ message that day, He was intentional in saying “for a little while longer… walk while you have the light.” With these words, he created a sense of urgency that remains true for us still today.
Daily we are faced with opportunities to embrace the light that is shining peace and clarity into our lives. If we choose to ignore the wisdom and light that we receive from His Word, the darkness that lies nearby will be ready to overtake us. In Psalm 119:130 we are told, “The unfolding of Your words gives Light; It gives understanding to the simple.” Daily, hourly, and moment by moment, we must be ready to find the light in our present circumstances.
About the Writer:
Audra has a passion for encouraging women in their roles at home in both marriage and motherhood. She enjoys sharing her journey of refinement and learning through these important transitions on her blog called The Homegrown Project. She also continues her love of textiles and sewing through a collection of children’s accessories called Twigs and Co.