A few weeks ago I was running with a friend of mine and as we passed a local pond we began talking about lake weed. The particular pond that I’m referring to is known for having lots of lake weed. This is simply algae that grows in the pond and makes its way to the surface during the hottest part of a summer day. You’ll pass that same pond on an early morning run and you’ll see little to no lake weed.
But why, why does this occur? Simply put, it’s the sunlight. Many times when a pond is shallow enough for the sun to penetrate to the bottom, algae will begin to grow and chase the sunlight to the surface of the water. As the sun goes down, so will the algae that has made it’s way to the surface. Many people will even plant trees around their ponds to provide shade and keep the algae problem under control, basically killing the shaded algae because of a lack of sunlight.
Isn’t that how we as Christians are? We are like the lake weed and our sunlight is the Son of Man, Jesus Christ. When we constantly expose ourselves to Jesus through reading His Word and prayer we begin to grow and flourish. We begin to branch out and share what we’ve found with others. Just like that lake weed uses photosynthesis to convert sunlight into energy, constant exposure to Jesus Christ will produce a spiritual energy that can’t be replicated.
But there is a warning in this analogy. Just like the lack of sunlight will kill the algae in the pond, our lack of interaction with the Son of Man will produce spiritual deadness as well. Allowing unconfessed sin in our life is no different than that shade tree on the ponds edge. They both block the light and begin to kill what is below.
Jesus says in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Today, I challenge you to seek the light of life, Jesus Christ himself. Remove any obstacles from your life (sin) that would block His light, and bask in the Sonlight that will give you the spiritual growth that nothing else can provide.
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