Acts 13:46–49 ‘For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honoured the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.’ (vv47–48)

Christ’s love compels us to share His message of hope and wholeness for fractured humanity. God’s first question was, ‘Where are you?’ (Gen. 3:9), the question that resounds throughout every generation. Today’s preoccupation with self and the ready availability of so many self-help courses is testimony to the insecurity that runs deep within the human heart. God’s message of salvation, revealed through the ministry of Jesus, is the profound response to inert human angst. There is a peace that passes all rational explanations available in God’s good news (Phil. 4:7). This hope and wholeness is available to all who turn to Jesus. 

All God requires is an agreement to explore His paths, and we can begin to resolve the anxieties that so often imprison the human heart. Just like light, God’s revelation reveals the landscape of our life and we are able to make choices about what we will do and who we want to become. Written deep within our heart from our conception, God places within our hands the tools required to clean up our act and live in service of the one who created us. 

The process following our surrender to God is to honour God’s Word in the way we choose to live our life. We now look to God and seek to serve others, God’s two greatest commands (Matt 22:34–40). Remarkably, Christianity invites everyone to consider living the God-life. There are no barriers to entry – we are all struggling sinners.

SCRIPTURE TO CONSIDER: 2 Pet. 3:3–9; Isa. 25:1–9; John 1:9–18; Acts 3:17–26.

AN ACTION TO TAKE: Have you made your peace with God and found grace to quell the anxieties of life? How do you manage when things begin to get on top of you?

A PRAYER TO MAKE: ‘Lord, light up the dark corners of my life so that I can invite Your Spirit to renew me by Your grace. Amen.’

Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.