Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Light of the World

"Come to the Light, 'tis shining for thee! Sweetly the Light has dawned upon me;

Once I was blind, but now I can see—The Light of the world is Jesus."

--Taken from the song by Philip P. Bliss--

One night recently I walked into the bathroom to put some freshly laundered and folded towels on the shelf. Since I was only going to be in there for just a minute and knew exactly where I was headed, I didn't bother to turn on the overhead light, instead relying on the small nightlight. As I passed the mirror, I noticed my reflection and smiled as I thought that I sure did look younger in that dim light. And my....the room sure did look a lot cleaner with the lights dim.

I started thinking then about how I sometimes tend to look at my life…my faults and failures….in the world's light. I can compare my mistakes to those of others and it seems then that mine are not quite so bad. But what good can it do me to examine my life in the dim light the world would have me use? (Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine. The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him. Job 18: 5-6). Yet this is just what most of us want to do. We don't want to have the brilliant Light of God's Word searching our hearts. The reason is because we like sweeping the dirt in our life "under the rug", so to speak, and a bright light shows up the dirt. (And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. John 3: 19)

But if we have a relationship with the Light of the World, Jesus Christ, then we are compelled to examine our lives in the light of His Word. There our evil thoughts and deeds are illuminated and can then be dealt with. (But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. John 3:21)

We don't have to ever grope around in the "darkness" of this world unless that is our choice. Jesus Christ is always providing a light for us if we will just accept it. (Then spake Jesus again unto them saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8: 12)

May you let your light shine for Him today!



Kay Martin said...

I loved this; especially you liking the dim lighting on your looks.

I'm in the middle of major renovation on an old bathroom. The young man helping me had a ball demolishing a vanity and a drawer unit. This 30+year old home could have had some unwanted moisture or problems underneath all that wood structure.

I checked back to see what would be next with the "light" fully on everything. There was only dry, dry dust!!! Yeah! no ugly surprises.

So in agreement with you the bright light of the Lord will shine on our hearts. With God's grace and mercy working in us from the inside out; we might be pleasantly surprised at that new heart He has created. We might be surprised to see that humanness is a part of us and covered by grace; and God is present and all is well.

Pour on the light, Lord. We'll face the issues and trust You to show us to transformation and sanctification. But Lord, please Flood us with Your Light...no matter what.

Marilyn, I must have a MOther Teresa mindset: I figure my wrinkles are passion marks! I'm over them; too much living to worry about them.

Deborah said...

Amen Marilyn! Just last week I posted a similar theme...Sonlight or Shadows.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I've reached a stage in life where God's light is my welcomed portion. I no longer want to bask in the dim of my dirty or un-dealt with. Time to move on while time is still my gift.

Love your thoughts. Heading over to the e-zine article now.


Joyful said...

Oh to walk in His light and let Him search every part of me.

Beautiful post my friend. You are His light to many,