We’re kind of crazy about lights at Sea Turtle. So much so that our ministry really is more about lights, or rather a light….the light… then it is about sea turtles.
You see baby sea turtles, our ministry inspiration, are hard-wired to follow the brightest light when they hatch to get to the ocean. Only in the ocean will they find what they were created for: their food, provision, life, and purpose. Their fullness of life is all found in the ocean, and only in the ocean because, on land, they couldn’t survive.
Turn The Lights On
Lights help us see no matter what kind of light it is. Without it, we are on the ground feeling our way around for our glasses like Velma in Scooby-Doo. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, not all of us are as blind as Velma. But really, or maybe it’s just me; I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stubbed my toe or run into a wall in the middle of the night because it’s pitch black and I can’t see.
Lights illuminate our lives and give us direction. They have both practical uses and cross-cultural spiritual significance. All cultures recognize the importance of light as a symbol for life. The Indian word for “Namaste” means “the light in me honors the light in you”.
All that being said, our favorite light of all is the light, the one that shines in the darkness, the light above all the other lights, and really it is the ultimate light in this life that matters. That is Jesus himself, who told his bestie for the restie, John, “I am the LIGHT of the WORLD. If anyone follows me, he will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of LIFE.” (John 8:12)
Did you catch that? Jesus says he is THE LIGHT. By following His light we will come out of darkness into the light forever. In other words, when you follow Jesus, life is as clear as turning on the light in the middle of the night so that you don’t stub your toe or walk into a wall.
Jesus Is The Light
So how do you follow Jesus, the light of the world you ask? Well, you can start by studying scripture. Trying to read your bible every day is completely life-transforming.
It really is the ultimate Game Changer, because when we wholeheartedly believe and embrace the message that Jesus, He gives us His Holy Spirit, so that He is always with us guiding our path like a light. We have centered our entire ministry around this core truth.
In this truth you find life; the reason you were put on planet earth in the first place, and why you’re here now.
In the person of Jesus himself, you find all love, hope, faith, grace, mercy, the forgiveness of your sins, and a completely new life. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
In this new creation, life, you find new perspectives (his perspective), a new royal identity, new intimacy with the creator of the universe. You realize you are fully known and fully loved by Him. You will also find freedom, healing, restoration, miracles, breakthroughs, and working all things together for your good and God’s glory.
You gain a spiritual family. In fact, your earthly families are temporary, where our spiritual families will be with us in eternity because, in Christ, we find heaven; a free gift that goes beyond this life. Jesus really is the LIGHT of the world and he came for you.
This advent we celebrate His birthday. We share the great news of Jesus, Light of the world.