Written by His Grace,
Kevin K. OíConnor
Main thought: to examine the beauty of walking in the Light.
Walking in the Light
1 John 1:7 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[ 1:7 Or every] sin. (Whole Chapter: 1 John 1 In context: 1 John 1:6-8)
John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (Whole Chapter: John 8 In context: John 8:11-13)
Matthew 5:14 "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. (Whole Chapter: Matthew 5 In context: Matthew 5:13-15)
The greatest lights for Christ will be those who are so focused on the Source of all Light that they donít even know it. I also feel that the greatest lights for Christ will not necessarily be those who have it all together with their bank accounts, their appearance, their ďreligionĒ, or the positions they hold in this life. But, I do believe that the greatest lights for Christ will be those who are constantly learning how to grow in passionate relationship with Him despite their bank accounts, their appearance before others, their religious activities, or the positions they may hold here below. And, it will usually be those who are poor in the things of this life that will be rich in Him. James 2:5 Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? (Whole Chapter: James 2 In context: James 2:4-6) James 2:6 But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? (Whole Chapter: James 2 In context: James 2:5-7) Revelation 3:17 You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. (Whole Chapter: Revelation 3 In context: Revelation 3:16-18)
It seems that the trials and tribulations we experience here below helps us get our eyes and hearts where they need to be, and thatís looking to Him. It seems that weíre such experts in our relationship with Him when our bank accounts, our appearance, or our relationships take a sudden turn for the worse. Why?, because we love being comfortable in the flesh. And, as soon as our flesh is comfortable, our focus on the One from which all blessings flow usually takes a hike.
For our own spiritual welfare, we must realize our tendency of being lazy and learn how to walk in the Light as He is in the Light. Walking in the light is a true discipline especially when all is going well in the realms of this world. Please note the following scripture where our Lord repeats Himself in three of the four gospels; Matthew 19:24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." (Whole Chapter: Matthew 19 In context: Matthew 19:23-25) Mark 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." (Whole Chapter: Mark 10 In context: Mark 10:24-26) Luke 18:25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." (Whole Chapter: Luke 18 In context: Luke 18:24-26) If we truly want to be shining lights unto the Glory of the Father in Christ the Son, we need to realize our tendency to be lazy when all is going well and learn how to press near to Him all the more. How can we do this?, by looking once again to our perfect example; 2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. (Whole Chapter: 2 Corinthians 8 In context: 2 Corinthians 8:8-10)
I stand in awe at the indescribable beauty of God when I look at The One that had all of heaven at His command and chose to lay it all aside and become a servant that I might live. You talk about Strength of character! Hereís one who had all the reasons not to become a servant because he already had it all and yet emptied Himself out for us! Wow, how does one even try to communicate that? We, especially in America that have been so blessed in the realms of the flesh would do well to look steadfastly into this beautiful nature of Christ so that when our flesh is content weíll learn how to ever more diligently press near to His Heart. And, we can no more do it than a camel that passes through the eye of a needle. Itís only when we realize this that we can pass from the realm of our empty efforts to His Overcoming Victory.
He stands ready to give to everyone who asks of Him the wherewithal to live for Him. But for those who take their rest in their own empty efforts will end up as paupers when they stand before Him naked and ashamed in their own filthy rags of righteousness; The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men. [ 29:13 Hebrew; Septuagint [ They worship me in vain; / their teachings are but rules taught by men ] ] (Whole Chapter: In context: ) Until we realize that all of our own efforts are a waste of time there remains no hope; All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. (Whole Chapter: In context: ) Thatís why for Christís sake we need to become poor so that He may make us rich; Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise. (Whole Chapter: In context: )
Walking in the Light then means walking in the revelation that our ways are death while His are Life. Thatís why He says that itís easier for a camel to pass through an eye of a needle than for one who is rich with things of this life to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. How Godís heart must ache for mankind. His heart hurts when we hurt and so He blesses us just because itís His nature to bless those who cry out to Him and the next thing you know weíre taking our rest in His blessings and forgetting Him!? Thatís why I feel America is not far from her judgment due to our lack of gratitude from our hearts and lives and not our lips or outward activities. Weíve grown so fat and lazy in the long suffering graces of God, weíve forgotten that even He has His limits of sin and ungrateful hearts.
Heavenly Father, ever teach us how to listen to Your Son. Not just to satisfy a temporary need to look or act righteous but make it a longing from the depths of our being to reflect Your Son who emptied Himself for us that we may be rich in Him. In His Eternally Beautiful Name, Amen.
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