I was the only one awake. It was early morning and still dark outside.
To help me see, I turned on the kitchen light. Apparently, I was making more noise than I realized, because Cole came stumbling into the kitchen, wiping the sleep out of his eye.
I turned to face him.
“How did you know where to find me?”
Pointing upward he said, “I came to the light.”
From a worldly perspective, I understood what he meant. Waking up to a dark house, hearing a noise in the kitchen and seeing it was the only room in the house with a light shining, it only made sense he would go to that room.
From a spiritual perspective, I hoped and prayed one day the same thing could be said concerning his salvation. Understanding the darkness of the world around him and his own spiritual condition, he would see Jesus was the light of the world (John 8:12) and come to that light to receive forgiveness for his sins.
But here’s the thing: unlike the light in our kitchen, how will Cole recognize the light, if he’s never seen it for himself? More than that, how will he see the light, if no one shows it to him? How will he even know he needs the light, unless someone tells him about his sin, and the need to be forgiven of it? Is there anyone in his life who can and will do all of that?
As his father, it’s my responsibility to tell Cole about Jesus, the light of the world. It’s my responsibility to talk to him about what sin is and how it affects his relationship with a holy and perfect God. It’s my responsibility to tell him how he can receive this light for himself and be forgiven of his sins.
But all of that will be empty words unless I show Cole by my example. I have to live my life each and every day as one who has come to the light myself.
As the saying goes, “Actions speak louder than words.”
As Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
What are your works telling others about you? What are your works telling others about Jesus, and how they can come to the light?
The Rev. Parrish Myers is a local minister living in Braselton. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.