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::Devotional:: ‘And Into The Light’

July 8, 2009

Bright_LightAs a child afraid of the dark, I remember my most frequent bedtime request was for someone “to make sure the bathroom light was on”.  I didn’t have a nightlight in my bedroom, but the bathroom light provided more than enough light for me to feel safe.  Fortunately, I’m no longer afraid of the dark, but there are times when I feel much safer when a light is on, don’t you?  Yesterday we spoke about the dangers of being in spiritual darkness.  Today we will look at the safety that exists when we step out of that darkness and into the light.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  1 Peter 2:9 NIV

The Bible tells us that light is home to Jesus, salvation, enlightenment, understanding, Truth, forgiveness, grace, mercy, love, and eternal life.  Spiritual light is the safe haven from spiritual darkness, but what makes it safe?  Here are three ways I have identified that light provides safety for Christians.

Light Exposes

Just as turning on a light in a dark room reveals the contents of that room, stepping into spiritual light from spiritual darkness reveals the contents of us.  The term light here is used figuratively to speak about stepping into the light that exposes the sin in our lives.  We examined a verse yesterday from 1 John 1:7 which said “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, purifies us from all sin.”  Stepping out of the darkness and into the light is a process by which we are purified from sin. As the darkness conceals sin, the light exposes it.  Maybe it is a light from God’s word that exposes something in our lives that the Holy Spirit convicts us to confess, repent, and ask forgiveness.   John said that “if we will confess our sins, he [God] is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify our unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:9 NIV  It is important to remember here that this light does not exist to expose our sins to God – he is already aware of them, even if we try to conceal them – but rather it exists for God to show us our own sinfulness to prompt us to come to him for forgiveness.  Suddenly we begin to realize that rather than running away from God because of our sins, we need to run to him and receive forgiveness.  As a Christian, it is the desire of our heart to be ever closer to God as the Holy Spirit works within us, urging us to do.  Unconfessed sin is a threat to that process and by stepping into the light we are being purified from such sin.  

Light Explains

 As I study God’s word I continue to uncover things that are difficult to understand.  On top of those study questions, there are many questions regarding my life that I am seeking God’s guidance in.  Needless to say my prayers include asking for clarity in God’s revelation and instructions so that I may understand them to the best of my ability and follow them accordingly.  The Bible says that as Christians we have the mind of Christ and it is in the light where his mind begins to influence our lives. 

The entrance of your words gives light, it gives understanding to the simple.  Psalm 119:130 NIV

Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  Psalm 119:105 NIV

The Apostle Paul wrote the Corinthians and said “This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.  The man without the Spirit does no accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”  1 Corinthians 2:13-14 NIV.  As Christians, our hope in understanding the truths of God’s word comes from the illuminating light of the Holy Spirit as he teaches us.

Light Exalts

Perhaps the greatest safety in the light is that of living in a relationship that we were created to have with our creator.  A life that illuminates him, attributes worth to him, a life that exalts him.

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 3:21 NIV

While reading The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer recently, God brought me to a point of humble understanding that His will is going to be accomplished whether I am involved in it or not. In a chapter titled “The Self-Sufficiency of God”, Tozer wrote, “God does not need us to believe in Him, but by His grace He works through anyone who places their faith in Him.”   God’s goal is not to bring glory to my name but to his.  He has created me in his image to reflect who He is, not who I am.  Part of fulfilling my purpose is to turn the spotlight from myself to Him.  Jesus instructed his disciples to be a shinning city set on a hill for all the world to see and he did so because he wanted people to see what he could do through these ordinary men and that in turn would stir them to glorify the Father in heaven.  The disciples were merely vessels of exaltation, vessels of the light of Jesus which shown upon the Father.  There is something safe and secure in knowing that is my purpose as well.

As the darkness is the realm of sin, the light is the realm of righteousness and it is there where God has called those who have believed on his son Jesus.  He has made us a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God – a people who’s light is ablaze in his holiness. Peter wrote that God has called us, Christians, out of the darkness and into his marvelous light; in order that we proclaim God’s praises.  I can’t think of a safer step to make than out of the darkness and into his marvelous light.

-Stay Rooted Col 2.7-

This devotional is the 2nd part of a two part devotional:
Part 1:  ‘Out Of The Darkness’
Part 2:  ‘And Into The Light’
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