Get lit

The phrase “get lit” means getting stoned according to the Urban Dictionary. The purpose is to achieve an altered state of consciousness that is more enjoyable than your norm. While I will admit to hanging with Ozzy’s demon alcohol a few Friday nights during my teen years (okay, maybe some Saturdays, too), I can say for certain that I never ended up anywhere I should have been.

What I’m interested in today is a new altered state, a different kind of buzz, a new destination. Here’s my desire — Jesus provides a new way to get lit. Check out John 3.

This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.” (John 3:20-21 MSG)

John describes Jesus as God’s light (that streamed into the world). The darkness of sin is overwhelmed by Jesus’ bright presence. When you accept Jesus as the complete sacrifice for your sin, past, present, and future, you are freed from the blind, shuffling-around-on-your-hands-and-knees darkness. You enter a new reality of eyes-open, walking-in-righteousness light.

But wait, there’s more!

Not only are you bathed in Jesus’ light, but you are also called to share the light. Here’s how Jesus described His followers.

14“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

Git lit, friend. There’s so much waiting for you!

About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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