Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Light in the Darkness: A Good Example

     Throughout the whole bible there is a theme of light and darkness. Jesus takes it to the next level when he calls for us to be a light in the darkness. 

     What does this theme of "light" mean? And what exactly was Jesus meaning when he called us to be a light. Well, let's see what the word has to say about this...

  •       Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. (John 1:3-5 NIV)
  •      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." (John 8:12)

    •  Who is the light?
  •      "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
  •       "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16)
  •      Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. (Philippians 2:14-16)
  •      Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)
  •      For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:8-16)

    • What are we called to do?
    • Have you ever seen anyone almost physically radiating with light?

  •      If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by 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, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:6-7)
    • What if we don't walk in the light? And if we do?
    • What are actual ways we find our selves walking in darkness? actual ways to walk in the light?
  •      Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
    • What is the significance or reason we are called to be in the light? (1Peter 2:11-12)
  •      (First read Acts 13:47, then read the context 46-48) Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: "We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. For this is what the Lord has commanded us: " 'I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth."When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed. (Acts 13:46-48)  
    • What is the significance or the reason that we are called to be in the light?
      • What other good things from being in the light?
     In conclusion, Jesus calls us all to be in the light. Doing so will bring others to Christ and will bring glory to him. See this study as a challenge or an opportunity to evaluate areas in your life that may be in darkness and areas in the light. Try to begin to look at things through a filter of dark vs. light. 

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