16 DECEMBER 2018   Walking In The Light For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined  in our hearts, To give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the  face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6 Many scriptures contrast light with darkness. The one is the absence of the other. “What  communion hath light with darkness?" Paul questions.  “Be ye not unequally yoked together with  unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? . . . Or what part hath  he that believeth with an infidel?” 2 Corinthians 6:14-15. His counsel includes this command,  “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord" (v. 17)  This doctrine of separation should guide us to carefully examine our hearts and our daily  involvements. How do things go at our place of work?  How do we spend our free time? What are  our secret thoughts? Are we in the light or in the dark?  During the plagues, the Egyptians experienced three days of “thick darkness” which could be felt  (Exodus 10:22-23). “But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings” How dark can dark  be? Sometimes in a large cave, the guide turns off all the lights, and it seems very dark. But even  that is not total darkness.  Jesus warned that there would be weeping and gnashing of teeth in  “outer darkness” for the unprofitable servant (Matthew 25:30).  In the final stage of Jesus’ supreme  sacrifice, when the sun normally should have been shining its brightest, “there was darkness over  the whole land" (Mark 15:33) for three hours. God withdrew the earth's light as Jesus suffered the  darkness of sin for us.  Now Jesus proclaims, “I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness,  but shall have the light of life" John 8:12. This is spiritual light!  Our calling is not to be that light  but to be a witness for that Light as John the Baptist, the greatest of all  prophets, he was not that  Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light"  (John 1:8). “For ye were sometimes darkness, but  now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light” Ephesians 5:8. Those walking in that light  are a blessing to be around. They are interested in people and concerned about their physical and  spiritual welfare. They radiate a free, unpretentious, open, and peaceful in spirit and testifying to  the Light that is Jesus Christ. “If the Son therefore shall make you free you shall be free indeed “  John 8:3  How does this relate to the magnificent Christmas story of the Light coming to a people living in  an exceedingly dark era’? God “commanded the light [Jesus] to shine out of darkness” 2  Corinthians 4:6. “In him was life; and the life was the light of men” John 1:4.   May the “Light of the world” give us the vision to understand what He really desires in us and the  courage to repent where God requires. Then the mirror of our heart will be able to reflect God’s  glory in all brilliancy. To this end were we created.  If we intend to change our life today to be light and salt as Scripture calls why not do that today?   Tomorrow may not be ours! Courtesy of Gospel Publishers, Moundridge Kansas
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