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“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.”

C.S. Lewis, Christian Theologian

Do you see — yourself, others, the world — as God sees? Or have distractions blinded you from seeing God’s vision?

By God’s grace open your eyes and see.

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Listen

You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord, so live your life as children of light. Light produces fruit that consists of every sort of goodness, justice, and truth. Therefore, test everything to see what’s pleasing to the Lord, and don’t participate in the unfruitful actions of darkness. Instead, you should reveal the truth about them.

Ephesians 5:8-11

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Can you picture the world without light? We’d have nothing to warm us. We’d never know what a mountaintop, an ocean, or a friend’s face looked like. We’d have great difficulty keeping time, protecting ourselves, traveling, and even having food to eat. Light equals life. No wonder ancient Egyptian, Indo-European, and Meso-American peoples used to worship the sun.

The Apostle Paul speaks about light to describe how important Jesus is. He wants the reader to understand that Jesus Christ, like light, brings life to the world. Furthermore, Paul calls Christ followers, “children of light.” We no longer live in darkness but in the light of Christ, now are able to see and experience the world as intended.

The light of Christ shows you how much better life can be. However, what is the benefit of knowing the light of Christ if you do not take advantage of it? God through Jesus Christ has a new life that will bring you goodness, justice, and truth. What is stopping you from living in the light of Christ?

Matt Andrews

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God of Light, through your Son, you help me see the world as you see it. I confess I have craved the darkness still. Teach me to let go of what does not bring goodness, justice, and truth into my life. Amen.

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Go

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that Thou art:
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

from “Be Thou my Vision,” traditional Irish hymn

Even now, God is giving you a new vision. What do you see?

What journey must you take to make God’s vision a reality?

Matt Andrews

Rev. Matt Andrews serves as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Missions at Liberty Crossings United Methodist Church in Vestavia Hills, AL. He is also a chaplain at UAB Medical Center and a Doctor of Ministry Candidate at Emory University. Matt has now entered his eighth year of pastoral service, having served multiple congregational, academic, and clinical settings in Alabama, California, and Texas. In 2012, he graduated from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, TX with his Master of Divinity. Matt is married to his best friend and love of his life, Emily, who teaches music and worship at Samford University, Matt and Emily’s alma mater. Matt resides in Homewood with Emily and their three dogs — Lily, Daisy, and O’Henry.

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