Day 2: January 2, 2013

Today's Reading(s)

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Today's Reflection

Key Verse(s)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man named John who was sent from God. He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

—John 1:1-9 (HCSB)

The Word Became Flesh
by Brian Ball, Member of Brentwood Baptist, Brentwood Campus

When our kids were little, they were afraid of the dark. With the light on, their room seemed familiar and safe. But when the lights went off, you could no longer rely on what you saw to know your situation. The darkness that hid what was visible only moments before made the room scary and unknown.

We find light as comfort and security. With it, we can see the things we need to see to be safe. But as we become older, we often become afraid of the light. Things happen in our lives we believe are best left in the dark, in places where no one can come and no one will see.

These experiences and choices make a heavy burden as we try to hide them from view. We believe if we can just tuck them away, maybe we won't have to deal with them again, maybe they will just disappear. Slowly the things we hide begin to define us—become life—and this life gets darker and darker. But that’s not the life God gives us or calls us to.

Your life isn’t the sum of your experiences and circumstances. Certainly they influence and help explain you, but they don’t define you. That's what is so powerful about The Word—about Jesus. He brings us life defined by God and His Word. All those things we hide and try to get away with, all the things that make us not so lovely, He already sees. He already knows. And He loves us.

You see, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us—for you and for me. He died to bring us life abundant. And that life brings light to see things as God does, to see them as they really are, not as the world tells us they are.

Light reveals the truth that Christ Jesus made everything and all things hold together in Him. He’s the only way the world makes sense. He’s the truth the world so desperately needs. And as Jesus brings light to us, we’re called to bring light to the world, so they can see clearly.

A worldly heart distorts reality. Commercials on television draw out desires for things we don’t need. Movies glorify and glamorize destructive lifestyles and make them exciting and attractive. But this Light we have—Jesus—moves our hearts toward these things. And His strength through us can help change the hearts of others and reveal His truth to them.

Reflection Questions

  1. Where do you need to let God’s light shine in your life?
  2. What do you think you have hidden that needs to be surrendered to Jesus?
  3. Who needs the light you have?
  4. Are you praying for them and seeking opportunity to be light in their life?

Father God,

We’re thankful. We’re thankful for grace. We’re thankful for the gift of salvation You freely give us in Your Son, Jesus Christ. We’re thankful for The Word, for it’s Light and Life and Grace. We’re thankful You love us enough to tell us the truth.

Bless us today with changed lives. We submit our lives in repentance and obedience to Your Will. Just be with us Father. You’re all we need.

In the precious name of Christ Jesus we pray,

Amen


About the Author

Brian Ball

Since 2004, Brian has been a member of Brentwood Baptist. He’s been involved in many ministries, including leading and teaching Bible studies and is currently serving as a Trustee.