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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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But everything exposed to the light is revealed by the light. Everything that is revealed by the light is light. Therefore, it says, Wake up, sleeper! Get up from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.

Ephesians 5:13-14

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With Jesus, there’s nowhere to hide. Sounds an awful lot like a tagline to a scary movie, doesn’t it? However, Jesus is not a monster lurking in the closet in this scenario. On the contrary, Jesus is the only one who can make your life whole again.

Even so, many of us hide from Jesus, either because we’re embarrassed by our mistakes or unwilling to give up what destroys us. We’d rather wander in the darkness than deal with our sinfulness before God. However, Paul urges us in this passage to stop this foolish wandering and allow Jesus to do what only Jesus can do — make you whole again. “Wake up, sleeper! Get up from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Perhaps darkness exists in your life. Jesus wants to shine his light on you, not to embarrass or scold you but to turn your darkness into light. While being honest with Jesus might feel scary, there is nothing to be scared about. Only light is in store for you.

Matt Andrews

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God of truth, you already know my failings and forgive me anyway. Give me the courage to be honest with you about my shortcomings and willing to ask for your help. Amen.

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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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