​BECOMING THE LIGHT IN YOUR ENVIRONMENT

 

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Thinking out loud

I have tedious days, I break down and sometimes I just want to give in. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a trance, I ask myself what I am doing here. Why am I here? If I were to die now, where would I end up? Where would I be in 70 years? What is God’s purpose for me?

This world is filled with a lot of tasks, challenges etc unfolding as we spend every minute closing in on the future (well; some might say “The End Time”) with differing opportunities. Everyone going about their daily activities with the optimism that their immediate environment would bring laughter to their faces. People wake up every day with different goals, galvanizing their dreams with positivism and hope.

We all have problems no matter how small and insignificant they seem, ranging from self to our society. We wake up with different burdens and ‘headaches’ this is akin to the thoughts we go to bed with, the insincerity, insecurity, job problems and laziness we wine and dine with. Psychologically, the things we experience within our environment on a daily basis plays a role in painting what we’d become.

What am I driving at?

All of the differing life tasks at different levels drives us to one thing “purpose”

Question: What’s yours?

 What does it mean that God is light?

God is light,” says 1 John 1:5. Light is a common metaphor in the Bible. Proverbs 4:18 symbolizes righteousness as the “morning sun.” Philippians 2:15 likens God’s children who are “blameless and pure” to shining stars in the sky. Jesus used light as a picture of good works: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds” Matthew 5:16. Psalm 76:4 says of God, “You are radiant with light.”

The fact that God is light sets up a natural contrast with darkness. If light is a metaphor for righteousness and goodness, then darkness signifies evil and sin. 1 John 1:6 says that “if we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” Verse 5 says, “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” Note that we are not told that God is a light but that He is light. Light is part of His essence, as is love 1 John 4:8. The message is that God is completely, unreservedly, absolutely holy, with no admixture of sin, no taint of iniquity, and no hint of injustice.

If we do not have the light, we do not know God. Those who know God, who walk with Him, are of the light and walk in the light. They are made partakers of God’s divine nature, “having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” 2 Peter 1:4.

God is light, and so is His Son. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” John 8:12. To “walk” is to make progress. Therefore, we can infer from this verse that Christians are meant to grow in holiness and to mature in faith as they follow Jesus see 2 Peter 3:18.

God is light, and it is His plan that believers shine forth His light, becoming more like Christ every day.

1 Thessalonians 5:5

“You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness” 

God is the Creator of physical light as well as the Giver of spiritual light by which we can see the truth. Light exposes that which is hidden in darkness; it shows things as they really are. To walk in the light means to know God, understand the truth, and live in righteousness.

Believers in Christ must confess any darkness within themselves their sins and transgression and allow God to shine His light through them.

Christians cannot sit idly by and watch others continue in the darkness of sin, knowing that those in darkness are destined for eternal separation from God. The Light of the World desires to banish the darkness and bestow His wisdom everywhere (Isaiah 9:2; Habakkuk 2:14; John 1:9). In taking the light of the gospel to the world, we must by necessity reveal things about people that they would rather leave hidden. Light is uncomfortable to those accustomed to the dark (John 3:20).

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One of God’s purpose for our lives is to be “The light: The eye of the environment.”

The eye is not only the most beautiful but also the most important sensory organ of the human body; four fifths of all the impressions on the senses come from the eye. Moreover, the eyes make an essential contribution to the facial expression and serves a purpose of getting and making contact with other people, therefore the eyes are an indispensable means of communication.(Stralsund)

To be the light as God has mandated has many benefits;

Matthew 6:22

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

From this Scripture, the environment held together by various activities, tasks, challenges people e.t.c can be likened to the human body held together by neurons, tendons, etc. Every part of the body is important as they have different functions. Without the eye the whole body would be in darkness.

1 Corinthians 12:27

 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

We are the children of God and by extension the eyes (light) of the environment (the body).

Light is a natural agent that stimulates sight and make things visible.

A divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul. Word web

Light as we know is an essential part of our environment. We need light to see, plants need light to grow we use it for everything. As Christians we must always be the source of light wherever we find ourselves, the world is in total darkness.

Matthew 5:15

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

God has tasked us to be a source of illumination, to Inspire, and influence the society.

Matthew 5:14

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.

Why must we be the light as God has asked us to be?

Isaiah 60:2-3

 2 For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.

3 And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

This assurance is accessible only if we choose the light, be a light source and share it.

How is the light Generated?

It begins with simply identifying with Christ, when you do: you automatically become an Eye: The light.

John 1:4

In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

John 8:12

 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

How we should generate at different levels

We generate at different spectrum though the gift of the spirit as stated in

Galatians 5:22-24

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.

 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Jesus, the sinless Son of God, is the “true light” John 1:9. As adopted sons of God, we are to reflect His light into a world darkened by sin. Our goal in witnessing to the unsaved is “to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God” Acts 26:18.

Thanks for your time, God bless you!

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