Bearing Light; December 4, 2017

Isaiah 9:2 The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.

This verse applies to everyone without the hope of eternal life in Christ Jesus, but the problem is, so much of the world doesn’t realize it. The flip side of that is what Jesus said: “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (John 3:19-21) Some people aren’t happy about the light! They don’t realize that without it, they are literally in the shadow of death, a more terrible death than the merely physical. The challenge for believers is to show those around them what it’s like to walk in the light instead of in the dark. I’m reminded of the words of a song by Andrae Crouch: “You don’t know what you’re missing until you’ve met the Lord.” That is quite literally true. We might have a dull ache, a longing for something but we don’t know what, but we certainly don’t imagine that something is a vital relationship with our Creator through His Son. When believers live out that relationship they are being witnesses, just as Jesus said, (Acts 1:8) and people will be drawn to ask how they acquired the hope that is so evident in their lives. (1 Peter 3:15) When they do that, it shows they are at least starting to realize how dark their lives are without Christ, and that is a huge step.

This of course applies to me. I’ve got to walk in the light myself, not just tell others to do so. (1 John 1:7) Another song that comes to mind is Children of the Light. It has a line that goes, “Don’t try to drive the darkness out, you just turn on the light.” When I feel oppressed by all the darkness in the world and the people around me, I just need to turn to the light of Christ and let Him shine through me. In practical terms, the way to do that is through praise and worship from a grateful heart. It’s very appropriate that Christmas is celebrated using various forms of light. I am to make use of that symbolism, but most especially rejoice in Christ myself, so that His light may indeed shine through me. That’s far more important than any amount of Christmas decorations, or even Christmas programs.

Father, the devil is doing all he can to squash our joy. Help me be actively submitted to You so that I may resist him. Thank You for the message You spoke through me yesterday. I pray that all who need to receive it would do so indeed. It looks like You have given me another Advent message this morning, when I don’t speak again until the 17th! Help me know when and how to share Your truth in love with all who need to hear it, so that they may be set free to walk in Your light indeed, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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