Have you ever thought about how unfathomably bright the Light of Christ really is? Seriously. I’m not talking figuratively, I mean the true physical light in its fullest.
Realize what the very first recorded act of God was. “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.” (Gen 1:3-4) Remembering that the sun was not created until the fourth day. The light source that was before anything else, was Christ.
With the recounting of creation, we see that the only thing needed to make other things flourish, was Christ. God created plants and vegetation before creating the sun and moon and stars. They were able to thrive solely with the light of Christ.
How often do we go through life thinking we need Christ and… Sure I love Jesus and am a good Christian. I need Jesus and my church. I need Jesus and my family. I need Jesus and a good job. I need Jesus and my health. I need Jesus and a good bank account. The list goes on. Many of these things are wonderful things to pray for and seek. I’m not saying we are to forsake these things. I’m just saying they are not necessary.
Only Jesus matters. We may be planted in a wonderful and growing church or we may be in a struggling one. We may have a healthy and positive family or a significantly dysfunctional one. We may have great finances or always struggling. Some of these things can go up and down in our lives based on natural consequences of our actions. Sometimes these things go up or down through no apparent fault of our own.
But through it all, in good time and in bad… are you still walking in the Light. His light is all you need. When things in life turn wonderful and rewards are overflowing… do you still walk in the light or get distracted. When everything seems to be falling apart… do you still walk in the light or get overwhelmed.
You see, both good and bad things can distract us from the only thing that matters. And at the same time, we can focus on the only thing that matters through the good or the bad. Only by keeping Christ #1 at all times, can you truly walk in the light and experience His Glory. So if both good and bad can distract us, it is obviously not the resulting situation that causes us to stray from the light but our underlying sin.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:9-10) If we remain in our sin while times are good, we will be in the dark. If we remain in our sin while times are tough, we will be in the dark. Only by confessing our sins in good times and bad, can we remain in the light.
Being in the light does not mean that God will somehow make everything OK. He needs His light to shine everywhere. You may be in a bright place where people don’t think they need His light… but when you allow His light to shine even brighter than all the good in your life… people notice. Or you may be in a dark place where people have given up on the light. In those places, His light can break apart the darkness and give people hope.
No matter your circumstances, walk in His light and let is shine bright.
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