THE STORY OF JESUS: Luke 1:76-80
“To shine on those living in darkness…” (Luke 1:79)
I like these words, they describe how I see my own calling.
To bring hope to those in despair, life to those who are dying.
Everyday I see people living without hope, without peace.
And not just the poor and destitute, even wealthy successful people.
Life without God is life without hope, without peace, without direction.
It really is “meaningless, a chasing of the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:14)
Zechariah describes John as a prophet, one who points people towards God.
As followers of Jesus, we are also called to point people to God.
And to Jesus, God’s “salvation through the forgiveness of sins” (v.77).
People need to know this, they need someone to point them.
My job is not to condemn or criticize, but to point to Jesus.
By my words and actions, people in the dark need to see light.
Is this what people experience when they meet me, or hear me speak?
Does my presence with others inspire hope, peace, love, joy?
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, I want to be a messenger for You… for hope, peace, love and joy. May people not feel darker after being with me, and hearing me speak!