This morning we were sitting in a hospital hallway, waiting to see a doctor in his office. I was reading and my husband was doing a word puzzle, when suddenly someone turned on the light. Wow! We had no idea how dark it had been before.
Do you suppose people “sitting in darkness” spiritually may be totally unaware of the light they’re missing? Getting along okay, satisfied with their lives, oblivious to what richness, satisfaction and delight they’re missing?
I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest. John 10:10
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.
And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow,
a light has shined.” (Matthew 4:16)
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!
I pulled a book off the shelf yesterday—The Good Life, by Chuck Colson who is now just beginning to enjoy the pleasures of life in heaven. On that same day, our friend Dick Elkins entered the Lord’s presence. Both of these men are heroes—one very much in the public eye, initially infamous but transformed into a servant of God and of lowly prisoners. The other served God and lowly tribal people in an obscure corner of the world, translating the Bible into their language and encouraging many (including us) with his joy and pursuit of excellence.
The other day I read 1 Samuel chapter 25 in which two men died: Samuel was well loved and deeply mourned. He had served God his whole life. On the other hand, Nabal’s demise was “good riddance!” A fool whose life served his selfish interests.
And I must mention the keen disappointment I experienced recently upon learning the truth about Thomas Kinkade, who apparently veered off the path somewhere along the way.
So who among all these enjoyed “the good life”—life worth living?
And what about me?
Is my life a wise investment?
When I’m gone, will people mourn or rejoice, be relieved or disappointed in me? What part of God’s kingdom am I helping to build?