“And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”Revelations 21:22-23
My kids returned from camp one summer, stayed home for less than 24 hours, and then headed back out again the next morning. I was reminded of the times many years ago when I returned from camp, and how God worked in my life. My teenage years were good years for me, but I was inwardly unhappy much of the time. I struggled with insecurities, expectations, and most of all, sin in my life. I often sought my own way and rebelled against the things of God. I was a happy-go-lucky type of person, but inside, I was not truly happy as I struggled with doing the right thing.
I would always arrive at camp looking forward to everything but the preaching of God’s Word. I thought about the sports we would play and the new people I would meet. The camp we attended had services three times a day, and I thought it was way too much. My heart was pretty hard, but after every service, it seemed as though God was chipping away at the rough edges of my heart. By Wednesday night of camp week, I could not take the Holy Spirit’s conviction any longer. I would break down and confess all the wrong I had done, and I would go forward with tears and a heart that was absolutely shattered. I was a broken young man but I also had a feeling of relief and peace.
The burden of sin I was carrying was forgiven and I felt so relieved. It seemed a smile was permanently on my face and there was joy in my heart. My friends did not understand this “new” Saso, and it seemed my whole outlook was changed. God’s light shone in my life and it was evident on my face and in my actions. I was no longer burdened with my load of sin and there was nothing between me and my Savior. There is no greater feeling than being right with God, and there is nothing greater than walking by His side with His light shining in your life as bright as the Arizona sun, turning the darkness to light. He gives true joy that emanates from the inside out.
I think of this passage and the heaven that awaits those who have placed their trust and faith in Jesus Christ. I think of the time I will be able to spend with Him and the lack of the need for light or the sun as He will be all the light that will ever be needed. The burden of my sin will no longer hold me back, and His light will shine and radiate throughout the heavens for all eternity. He will be the focus of my worship and He will be the source of my light. There will no need to go to church to worship Him as He will be ever present. His light will shine far brighter and greater than the Arizona sun or the working moon that lights the darkest desert.
Do you look forward to the joyous day of being united with your Savior? Do you look forward to the day when His glory will shine on the streets of gold? Do you look forward to worshipping the Lamb who is worthy of all praise and honor? Do you have a personal relationship with Him? Do you struggle with the burden of your sin or have you sought His forgiveness? May we make things right with God before it is too late, and may we experience the peace and joy that comes from walking with Him. May we be changed by the Son and may His light shine in and through us.