TUESDAY, MARCH 23
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow Me,
you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
John 8:12 (NLT)
JESUS DIDN’T CALL ME TO BE A FAN BUT A FOLLOWER
James Dobson wrote in The New Strong-willed Child: Consider the experience of a friend of mine, who was a recreational pilot when he was younger. On one occasion, he flew his single-engine plane toward his home base at a small country airport. Unfortunately, my friend waited too long to start back and arrived in the vicinity of the field as the sun dropped behind a mountain. By the time he maneuvered his plane into position to land, he could not see the hazy runway below. There were no lights to guide him and no one on duty at the airport. He circled the field for another attempt to land, but the darkness had become even more impenetrable by then. For two desperate hours, he flew his plane around and around in the blackness of the night, knowing that probably death awaited him when he ran out of fuel.
Then as greater panic gripped him, a miracle occurred. Someone on the ground heard the continuing drone of his engine and realized his predicament. That merciful man drove his car back and forth on the runway to show my friend the location of the airstrip. Then, he let his lights cast their beam from the far end while the plane landed.
Much like the pilot followed the car lights to a safe landing, Jesus invites us to follow His light into a secure eternal home in heaven. It would have done the pilot no good to simply admire the headlights of the car or praise the headlights of the vehicle. The pilot had to follow the light to a safe landing.
Mike pointed out Sunday that there are many people who are fans of Jesus but not following Jesus. Admiring Jesus and praising Jesus is a good thing, but it does us no good if we do not follow Jesus. Would you consider yourself a fan of Jesus or a follower of Jesus? If a follower, when did you become a follower?
Praise God for showing you the way into a relationship with Him. Thank Him that you are more than a spectator but have a place in His family.