These are meditations to coincide with Living Stones' "Light" sermon series. Each post includes a verse and some thoughts to ponder. As you read, pray that these truths shine light into your soul.
1/4/12 - From Mat Biggins
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Can you imagine life without light? The Bible says that the earth was without form and void, and darkness hovered over the deep. Darkness, everywhere until God said let there be light. My kids like to play in the dark, but they don’t want it to be too dark. My son is constantly running to the switch and turning on the lights, and we don’t even live in total darkness. It is hard for us to even comprehend total darkness because so many gadgets and electronics in our homes emit light.
Have you ever been in total darkness? Deep in a cave and you turned off your flashlight? So dark that you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face? Some of us have experienced this physically. If you haven’t it is hard to imagine total darkness, but every person has experienced this spiritually. If you are a Christian, do you remember what life was like before you became a Christian? I can, and as grim as it sounds, I was surrounded by spiritual darkness. As Pastor Harvey put it, I was a blind man in a dark room. My heart was without form and void. I was empty, and so my life was spent pursuing empty things. Before you became a Christian, when you sinned did you feel guilty? Was there conviction? I know that for me I just did wrong and kept on doing it. I didn’t think twice about the wrong I had done, I didn’t feel bad, and I kept on sinning. I loved the darkness, as empty as it was. I loved the darkness because I had never experienced the light.
But then God said let there be light and the light of His Son shone into my dark and empty heart and I believed in Him. He removed the scales from my eyes and turned on the lights and for the first time I could see. Now I can’t imagine living in spiritual darkness because I know the light. Now when I sin and do wrong I am aware of what I am doing, I feel conviction and guilt, but I know that Christ has forgiven me, so instead of running from Him I turn to Him. The light has come into the darkness and He made me see.
12/21/12 - From Fred Kingman
"In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
What is life? The short answer is God. So many humans feel spiritually or relationally dead and long for something tangible, real, fulfilling. They want life. And Jesus is life. In fact, nothing apart from Jesus is truly alive.
And this life Jesus brought into the world was light. A lot of times we attribute light to his past actions and saving work on the cross, which is right, but we sometimes ignore the implication that He can have on our day to day life. In the midst of the darkness of our lives the Christian can have hope beyond reason, for we have the Light. Just like sin, Satan, death and the world fled before Jesus (the Light), our financial, medical, marital, emotional, relational darkness will someday flee as well, for we have a risen savior.
Hope in the Light of the world allows us to see beyond our current situation into our eternal; that we are adopted children of God. And it allows us to view those around us as future children who can have hope and light apart from the artificial light this world offers.
12/12/12 - From Gavin Jarvis:
"Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures."
God is unlike any Father you’ve ever known. When James says that he is the Father of lights, he means that God's gifts are without secret motive. No black purpose darkens the door of God's grace. Even our sun passes through our sky casting shadows of different lengths and sizes throughout the day. In God there is no shadow of turning due to change. So when he gives, it is for your joy. When he calls you out of darkness, it’s because he loves you. When he speaks to you, it is for your peace. When he sends Jesus, it is to save you. Do you believe that God is for you? How have you been deceived (tricked) into believing that he’s not?
May the Father of Lights remind you that he is good and does good.
12/10/12 - From Nathan Hornback:
"You are the light of the World. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden."
When we believe in Jesus and His saving work on the cross, the Scriptures tell us that we receive the Holy Spirit. The Spirit comes into our hearts and inhabits us. He equips us to live the Christian life by providing guidance, conviction, and power. As we wait for Christ to return to earth we are sent into the world as ambassadors for Jesus, spreading the good news of His gospel and doing the work He asked us to do. As believers in Jesus we remember that grace that was shown to us by Christ and strive to be gracious to all. We desire, as Jesus did, to live in selfless service and compassion. We are the 'light' that God uses to show the world who He is. We are set apart for Christ; set upon a 'hill' for all to see. Remember to bear one another's burdens and show that because Jesus gave it all for you, you will give all to Him. Jesus is the Light that shines into the Darkness. May we shine brightly as we reflect His light in the world.
12/6/12 - From Brandon Evans:
1 John 1:5-7
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 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 cleanses us from all sin.”
What does it mean that God is light? It means that God is glorious, truthful, and holy (morally pure). In response to His glorious character, we are to live accordingly to honor Him. Today, as you meditate on this verse, ask yourself these questions: Am I walking in the light of God’s glory, truth, and holiness? Would others say that I am? Do I trust that Jesus can cleanse me from all darkness?