WALKING IN THE LIGHT
As I was preparing for our next series, “Letters From John…” I was struck by the vivid imagery of LIGHT & DARK that John uses when describing our life with God:
- God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in Him. If we claim that we experience a shared life with Him & continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God Himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin. 1John 1:5-7 THE MESSAGE BIBLE
Think about that for a second: When John says God is light (an Old/First Testament reference to God’s purity, holiness, wisdom, & knowledge,) he’s saying God is our source, & walking in the light means living in & through Him – His purity, holiness, wisdom, & knowledge… Conversely, if we are stumbling through life in the dark, we’re walking without Him, counting on our own resources to navigate through the veritable minefield of life. OUCH! That can hurt.
The thing that jumps out the most to me is that by walking in the light, living in relationship with & dependence upon God, it also binds us together with others who are doing the same thing – people who have experienced the forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ. I’m praying for the Holy Spirit to illuminate any dark patches of our lives… & for the wisdom & perseverance to stay out of the shadows & walk where He’s walking.
Grace, peace, & God’s blessings to you today –