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Light in a dark world…

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."   Matthew 5:14-16

 

Yesterday we talked about stumbling in the darkness. In order to see where you are going in the darkness you need light. Light shines through the darkness and gives us vision on our paths. In our homes and our schools and our offices we have switches that we can easily use to turn on the light. We have matches and candles that can be used as sources of light. But what about light in our spiritual journey. Where does the light come from, and how do we access it? Genesis 1:3 says, "And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light." Psalm 104:2 says that God "wraps himself in light." 1 John 1:5-7 says, "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." John tells us in John 1:4, "In him was life, and that life was the light of men." Verse 5 says, "The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it."

As Christ followers, we admit our sin before God. We take ownership of our sin debt before God, but we confess Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. We confess with our mouths and believe with our hearts. We are baptized with water and with the Holy Spirit of God! In that moment of Holy Spirit baptism, God's marvelous light indwells us! God is light! His Word is light! We are vessels of His light, reflectors of His light! In order to access His light, we simply need to let His Word "dwell in us richly," as Paul says in Colossians 3:16. We simply deny self and allow God to lead us and shine through us. The light is not only for us; it is for others, as well. God's light in us "gives light to everyone in the house." If you truly want to be a reflector of God's light, God's life, and God's truth, then pray to Him daily. Study His Word daily. He is the light. His Word is light. One of my favorite commercials is the Minute Maid orange juice commercial. It finishes by saying, "Put good in; get good out!" There is quite a bit of truth in that statement, especially for the Christ follower.

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