1 john 1: 5-10

“walk in the Light”

the passage i read this morning discussed the concept of walking in the light of Christ and that when there is light, darkness is dispelled. a follower is unable to walk in both light and darkness. the passage also discusses admission of sin. if someone claims to be free of sin they lie but if they confess their sins Christ will be true to himself and forgive the sins.

i understand the simple application to this passage. as a follower i am no longer under the darkness and am now walking in light. however, what if i stumble? what if i fall into sin? i do sin. i do fail God. the passage seems clear when it states that if you stumble in the dark then you are lying through your teeth and are not living the life that you claim. that sends thoughts all throughout my head. have we lessened the standards of being a christian? have we turned it into more of a religion than a relationship? i understand that we all sin and as the passage states in verse 8, that if one claims to be free of sin he is only fooling himself. but how can we truly walk in light and not stumble in the darkness even though we commit sin? i have thoughts on this but would like to hear the readers belief on this subject as well. i would like to open this subject for discussion. please reply with your own thoughts.

mark 16: 9-20

in this mornings devotion mark is giving an account of Jesus revealing himself in His resurrected form. many people witness Jesus resurrected before the disciples had seen and yet the disciples still did not believe. when Jesus finally reveals himself to His disciples he tells them to go out into the world and told them how the world would know that they were His followers. 

i read the list that Jesus gave the disciples, when he described the things that the world would see them do to let them know that they were His followers, and laughed. the thought that this was actually what Christ expected of His followers was ridiculous to me. i walked away from my devotion time slightly confused. i have given the passage some thought as my day has progressed and came to this conclusion. these great and miraculous acts are the things that we as Christians are capable of doing through Christ. i do not believe that if you have never cast out a demon or healed the sick you are not truly a follower of Christ. i believe that it is more of an understanding of who Christ is and what He can be through you. yet, do people see anything in my life that would show that i am a follower of Christ? i am tired of finding content in the belief that if i smile at strangers they will understand i am a follower of Christ. i feel like i have been called to so much more. the church in general has been called to so much more. How will the world honestly want to be apart of following Christ if we do not show them who we serve? we have become to okay with stiff arming the world to show our differences instead of embracing the world and getting involved and letting our actions show the difference.

current book: peppermint filled pinatas- eric micheal bryant

mark 16: 1-8

my time in the word this morning covered the resurrection of Christ. Mary  Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome had gone to rub ointments on the body of Christ. When they arrived at the tomb it was empty of Jesus’ body and instead an angel appeared. The angel told them how Jesus had risen like he said he would and was to meet his disciples in Galilee. The Word says that the ladies walked away stunned unable to say anything to anyone.

The resurrection of Christ is often times lost in the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. And one can not be blamed for doing so, seeing as how grgreusome the crucifixion is. However, without the resurrection Christ would have been another man. Conquered by death. I understand that there are many theories that differ from the account given in the Word but i will not chase those tangents. in fact, i would rather talk about the very end of the passage in verse 8. it says that the women walked away stunned. (now understanding that these reflections are my personal reflections and therefore in no way wrong i state the following) when is the last time that i walked away from an encounter with the works of Christ stunned? unable o tell anyone? i am not too sure that i can answer that question honestly. i feel like too many times in my own walk i take credit for things that Christ has done or i limit Christ and what i expect of Him. that last fragment is probably the summary of my life. i often times limit Christ and  place Him in some sort of contraption that allows me to choose when to let Him out and then put Him back in when i feel like i do not need Him. but i digress… the content of this passage is very familiar and even to the point that i can read over it and not show any emotion over the actual occurrence of Christ’s resurrection. my prayer for today is that today i do not limit God. i pray that i encounter God today and remain stunned by his grace. i pray that we as believers no longer limit God. like the poet wrote 

behold and see the empty tomb

what victory in its vacancy

what triumph in its holiness

and sure receipt of victory!

current book: peppermint filled pinatas – eric micheal bryant