I believe the ministry of Jesus is a positive example as an agent for change. “I am the light of the world!” (John 8:12) With these words, Jesus illuminates the need for change, but today’s passage suggests even more. Change is based not only on light, but also love.
So how is his word and example expressed through our own life? Are we willing to listen…? to become a follower? to become a witness…? to become an agent for positive change?
Courage is found in a couple of things. On one hand, Jesus shines light on the idea that we are very highly valued. On the other hand, we also learn through loving action that by following him we are going to encounter conflict and resistance in giving witness and testimony to his teachings.
Perhaps what others see in us, what impacts and influences them by our example arises not so much from the visible accomplishment, joyous celebrations, and honorable recognitions of life where we are privileged to see ourselves as highly valued – but more from how we handle the difficulty that comes amid changes God uses us to inspire. In this, the loving, forgiving characteristics of Jesus’s example, has a lasting, eternal relevance.
Teacher – Student
Leader – Follower
Parent – Child
they climb together in good fellowship
sharing in a building relationship.
New spirit, defined, unfurled
inspires change in the world.
Learning about forgiveness,
we yearn for being led, trained
from what the other has gained.
Now with a greater view attained,
in this we are nurtured, sustained.
Rev. Richard Wagner