“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” John 3:16-21
This passage leaves no gray zone. Those who love darkness rather than the light will perish. Those who believe in Jesus have eternal life. He is the light that has come into the world and there is no hiding from His light. But it is a love-light for those who believe, offering forgiveness and eternal life. Come to the Light.
Ponder: Where do you fear being exposed or having the light shine on your life or work? Will you come to the Light?
Praise: The light has come into the world. Whoever believes in Jesus will not perish but have eternal life.
Artists: Rik Lazenby and Barry Graham, "The Harvest"
We were stirred by Jonathan's discussion of territories vs. hierarchies as it relates to artists and writers. As a writer himself, he encourages creators to push past the tendency to compare and tend to their own journeys as creators.