“One of the first things you do when you walk into a room is turn on the light. That helps you see everything in the room, prevents falls and bumps, and helps you find your way. It gives familiarity to you in your environment and makes you feel welcome to the room.
It’s easy to turn a light on in a room. Why is it such a challenge to turn on the light in your thoughts and in your soul?
Jesus often refers to Himself as being the Light. If you are going to walk close to Jesus, it means you are going to make choices that show you prefer walking in the light rather than lingering in the darkness. It means your desire to know Jesus and walk in truth is stronger than your concern of “what’s next,” or your fear of having your heart exposed.
The “Lover of Light” is not afraid to let light shine into the depths of their life, revealing what is there. They are more concerned about remaining in the light than they are about having things revealed. They are purposeful about applying their time, energy, and resources to grow in the light. Simply put, the lover of light intentionally works to overcome pride and make choices to walk in the light in order to see Christ increase and to see themselves decrease.
If Christ claims He is the light of the universe – of all creation – and if He invites you to remain in Him, is it not logical to conclude that He intends for you to continually live in the light and to enjoy it very much?
Further, if He desires to give you whatever you ask – the desires of your heart, wouldn’t it be safe to conclude His intentions toward you are good and perfect? (Ps. 37:3-9)
If there is no darkness of any kind in God, why do you remain at a distance from Him sometimes?” *
The cross of Jesus brought the light to you. That rough, wooden torture rack opened Heaven’s light to you and slammed the door of Hell for good . . . if you believe on Jesus. The cross means you can be safe with God in His beautiful light forever. Before you trusted Jesus for salvation, you lived in the dark. But now, even here in this imperfect world, you can choose to live in God’s light.
Even though light exposes things, it’s not threatening. Because God is good, you are always safe with Him. His light is safe, not scary. Even when He reveals things you need to change, living in that exposure fills you with hope and kindness. God loves and esteems you. Nothing can take away your peace, joy and confidence – except a lie.
As a child of the light, your life can produce goodness, righteousness, and truth. To know you are pleasing God fills you with great satisfaction.
So, invite the light. Let it expose anything that needs to change. Participate in this safe exposure. Let Christ shine on your heart. Wake up to His love and kindness.
“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.” (1 Jn. 1:7)
Article developed from Eph. 5:8-14.
* Excerpts from Reach Back (p. 133 and 134)
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