Toil in the Dark

Now when evening came, His (1) disciples went down to the sea, and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea (2) to Capernaum. It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing. Then, when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened. But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going. John 6: 16-21 Tertullian said that “the soul is naturally Christian”. Was he right? I believe so, for it is only when you see a man accept Christ that his soul is fulfilled and happy. Therefore, to be an unbeliever is to live in a very unnatural state. It is to feel disjointed, empty, lacking something, longing for others to fill the vacuum, lost, and very unhappy. To avoid Christianity is to avoid happiness, it is to set oneself on a course of self destruct. To live without Christ, moment by moment, is to toil in the dark. Much of mankind is toiling in the dark, with their eyes on themselves and self-effort. And in this condition they are lost, frantic and within the grasp of death. It is not until our eyes are set on Jesus that we find ourselves immediately filled with all that we desire. We find ourselves there. Why does man insist on looking away from Jesus? What is our fear? The fear is that He will ask the impossible–to lose ourselves, to lose those things that we have determined will make us happy! And yet we are sad in this state! We fear the loss of our precious little that has not brought happiness.

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