bits from bob....

Just Thinking....About Light!

by Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

An old familiar song urges us, "Send the light." More recently some worship leaders have urged us to sing, "Take the Light" or "Be the Light." As you live life today amidst the daily routines and unceasing haste, will you see the opportunities God provides you for seeking, sharing, and shining the Eternal Light? I believe these three activities are mandatory for every Christian. Consider some thoughts based on 1 John 1:6-2:5.

I. We are challenged to seek the light of God.
We cannot walk in the light if we are not in constant search for that light. To seek the light means to seek the will of God. The result of such such searching is personal spiritual growth.

II. We are called to share the light.
John writes that Jesus is not only the solution for our sins, but also for the sins of the entire world. We most allow the light to shine globally so that others might see and be saved. This is a call to evangelism--sharing the good news. Perhaps the challenge would be clearer if we were to talk more about sharing Jesus who is the Light of the World. The result of such sharing is the salvation of multitudes.

III. We are called to shine the light.
Where the light shines into the darkness, darkness cannot exist. Darkness is merely the absence of light. It is not enough for us to seek the light so we may walk in it, and to share the light. We are called to walk in the light, to walk as he walked. The light doesn't shine without our personal example, by which the light is made clear.

A church I worked with a few years ago adopted the slogan, "Seeking, Sharing, and Shining the Light." The motto is a good summary of our responsibilities as we think about the life of the church--fellowship, worship, evangelism, missions, and discipleship. May God help us accomplish the goal--seeking, sharing, and shining the light.

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