In The Light

“I want to be in the Light
As You are in the Light
I want to shine like the stars in the heavens
Oh, Lord be my Light and be my salvation
Cause all I want is to be in the Light
All I want is to be in the Light”

#TBT to dc Talk, one of my all time favorite nostalgic bands.

Light is the absence of darkness, and vice versa, darkness is the absence of light.

Having walked a life of darkness there is nothing I want more than to walk in the Light. To walk with the Light of the world.

If we look at the definition of light we see that it can act as a noun (a person, place or thing), a verb (describing word), or an adjective (an action word) in the American English language. Put your Spiritual eyes on as we look at the definitions of light. If we apply what we know to be true about God and His Son and the Helper to the definitions of light a whole new world may open up in your mind. You may become enlightened. … Couldn’t resist the pun.

Noun; a thing or object: the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible.
The Holy Spirit or even the Word of God can be the natural agent that stimulates sight. We begin to see the Lord illuminate our world, whether that’s through conviction of sin, or opening our eyes to a new (to us) characteristic of God, or even having a song or verse touch you in a way that elicits an emotional response of true, Spirit-filled worship. Ephesians 5:13 puts it better than I could: “But everything exposed by the light becomes visible-and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.” 

I love the second part of that verse, “everything that is illuminated becomes a light.” Upon salvation we become illuminators, becoming a light to the world. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5 that we are the salt of the earth, the light of the world and our light is to shine before all people. Everywhere we go, everything we do or say, all that we are should be illuminating the world around us.

Verb; a describing word: make (something) start burning; ignite. This reminds me of the prayer many Christians might pray, “Set our hearts on fire for You, Lord.” What are we really asking for in this prayer? We are asking the Lord to make our hearts start burning, or to ignite our hearts with a passion and desire for Him which is completely unquenchable. Proverbs 30:15-16 mentions that FIRE is something that is never satisfied, and will never cry out, “Enough!” That is what our heart response should be for our Lord, who laid down is life for us, who was humbled to the point of death on a cross. So, yes, Lord, I pray that you would set your Church’s heart on fire, that Your light within us would be beautiful, and unquenchable. I pray that a revival would begin in the hearts of your Church.

Adjective; an action word: having a considerable or sufficient amount of natural light; not dark. Exodus 13: 21-22 “By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.” What a wonderful display of God’s devotion to us, and desire to see us succeed. The Holy Spirit that Jesus sent to help us is acting as a guide, He is our natural light. And just as the definition says, He will always give us a sufficient amount. In fact, He more often than not, gives us more than we need, does He not? 

We are responsible for not putting our light out, not grieving the Holy Spirit, we are responsible for walking in the way of the righteous, we are responsible for our choices to sin or to draw close to Jesus. When we are faithful to the Lord, He is faithful to us to be the natural agent that stimulates sight, He is faithful to ignite our hearts for His good, and He is faithful to act by giving us a sufficient amount of light.

Recently, I was so consumed by my circumstances that I was walking around without joy, without much hope, suffering physical, emotional and mental pain. When I made the choice to submit my heart fully to the Lord, to seek Him, to love unconditionally just as He loved me first-I was able to do this by studying and digging into the Word, fasting and much prayer-He changed my outlook on my circumstances. He showed me that the most important thing in life is to love Him and love others, all else is useless. I had a coworker comment on my changed demeanor and I was able to share with her that it was all because of my submission to God. My friends noticed, acquaintances were noticing. What an honor to be such a testimony of God’s light!

 

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