Thursday, January 27, 2011

I Wanna Be In The Light

"I Wanna Be In The Light"
By Zach Wood
1 John 2:3-6
We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.  The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him.  This is how we known we are in him:  Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

Many of you probably remember when DC Talk's "Jesus Freak" album came out in 1995.  They had a song called "In The Light".  In that song, they sang about wanting to be in the light of Christ and shine for Him.  This past week, as I have been reading this passage about walking in the light of God, I could not help but think of that song.  They sing about how they want to be in the light as Christ is in the light.  Jesus Christ is the Light of the world. 

Now, who of us would even consider saying that we do not want to be living in the light of Christ?  None of us would, of course!  However, if you are anything like me, you find yourself failing every single day in some way or ways in trying to shine the light of Christ to others.  We desire to obey Him.  We want to live like Him.  We want to say things to glorify Him.  We want to do things for others that show His Love.  Every one of us wants and desires these things if we are in Christ.  We have a desire to shine His Light. 

Look at that passage and see where it talks about the man who says that he knows Christ but then does not do what Christ commands.  How can we possibly expect to shine the Light of Christ if we do not even do what He commands?  If we are not obeying His commands, we are not walking in the Truth.  Plain and simple.  If we are living the way we want to live in our own little world, people will not see the Truth through us.  It is just that simple. 

When we turn from our wicked ways and follow Him, His Love is made complete in us and our witness grows stronger.  If we claim to live in Him, we absolutely must walk as He did.  We cannot claim to live in Him and live our own way.  The world will look at us and want nothing to do with what we say we offer.  It just drives people further and further away from desiring to know more about Him. 

If we love Him, we will obey Him.  If we want to be in the Light as He is in the Light, we must choose to walk with Him and live for Him.  Otherwise, we will not be in the Light.  I want to encourage each of us to consider seriously whether we are really, truly living in the Light of Christ.  We may say we do, but we must really examine our lives to see if we are truly living. 

If we wanna be in the Light as He is in the Light, we must walk in the Light.

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