Subtle Darkness

“…I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness…” (John 12:46)

Yesterday, I chanced upon an old friend, a fellow Christian, one of those people I was with when I began my walk of faith 17 years ago when I was a student in the University of the Philippines.

I thought it was going to be one of those ordinary meetings. I didn’t know God would use it to bring some refreshing light into my world.

The funny thing was this: I didn’t know that I was in darkness.

Life was good. My ministry, finances, relationships and health were all hitting all time highs in the measuring scale of life. No big problems. No major concerns. Really, I thought there was no patch of darkness in my life. Or so I thought.

Until my friend started opening his mouth when I realized that I was in some kind of subtle darkness — the darkness called complexity. Let me show you what I mean.

After 17 years, I realized that my friend and I have grown starkingly different from each other. Sure, we still both love God and still treasure our friendship. But we are now different in terms of how we relate with our God.

My faith has become too complex while his remained as simple and pristine as when we both started our walk with God 17 years ago.

My life today is muddled with talks to give, projects  to organize, communities to pastor and books to write while his is concerned with simply saying no to sin and sharing the gospel over a cup of coffee.

My schedule was punctured with preaching engagements, radio guestings, and website maintenance while his was limited to daily morning prayers, scripture  reading and weekly extra masses.

My ecstacy comes from profound theological truths while his remains with knowing that God loves him absolutely.

My mind was preoccupied with changing the world, while his was changing a life.

As he spoke, my eyes watered. I didn’t know I was in darkness — the darkness of complexity.

Today, I made a decision — to keep my faith simple.

Read my bible. Converse with my God. Love His people.

Sure, I remain a preacher with a world to save. But I must never forget that I will always be a sinner with a God who saves.

“…I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness…” (John 12:46)

Yes, my friend, our faith should remain as simple as that.

May Jesus, Light of the World, shine on you today!

Simply me,

Bobby Q.

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