Advent 19: Light

5  This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6  If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 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 cleanses us from all sin. 8  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. – 1 John 1:5-10 (ESV)

The eye is one of the most complex organs in the human body.  It’s function is to convert light into pulses that travel to our brains and enable us to “see”.  But, in actuality, we never truly see an object.  The only thing our eyes can detect is reflected light.  Take away the light and we see nothing at all.  A little light and our vision is dim, insufficient for fully recognizing anything that isn’t right in our face.  But in full, bright light, all becomes clear, defined, discernible.

The message is simple: God is light.  If you want to see the Truth, you let the Light illuminate your life.  If you want to walk with the Lord, you walk in the light.  The dark is no place to be.  Bad things happen there.

And it is no coincidence that we are called by Jesus to be salt and light – a beacon on a hill. We are to be imitators of Christ (Ephesians 5:1).  So follow Christ – walk the path illuminated by His Truth – and be a light for others as well, that they may follow Christ.

When we walk in God’s Light, we see the truth about our sinful situations.  And, if we are following God in humility, His grace shines through and we are able to make the adjustments necessary to follow His light more clearly.

Love others.

Walk in faith in God.

14  “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, sothat they may see your good works andgive glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV)

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