January 16, 2014

john1-43

John 1:43-51

In Edith Wharton’s (1862-1937) poem “Vesalius in Zante,” she writes, “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” In this way I believe Jesus calls us not to be simply a mirror that reflects his light, but to be our own unique candle that is lit with the light of Christ.

That is a powerful challenge. The following statement intrigues and challenges us. “Millions of people throughout the world call themselves Christians. From Roman Catholics to Protestants, from fundamentalists to liberals, there are many different perspectives about what it means to be a Christian. One can become lost in the complexity of beliefs, dogmas, moral injunctions and religious rites. But in a larger context—that of daily life—it is often impossible to distinguish one Christian from another, or even a Christian from a non-Christian. Most Christians blend in with the values, lifestyles, economics and politics of the predominant culture of their society. But it wasn’t always this way. Once upon a time, Christians stood out from the crowd.” (Kurt Struckmeyer)

Prayer: Lord, by Your grace help us to stand up, stand up for Jesus. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell,
 Pastor of  Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.

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