When we hear a word from the Lord that encourages us it has great impact in that moment. But its long term effect can sometimes be lost if we aren’t able to review and remind ourselves of it at a later date. An opportunity can be missed to push that truth deeper into our hearts. With this in mind I would like us to review a few key truths that were presented at last week’s ‘Who Are You?’ study as we focused on the truth that Christians are ‘the light of the world.’
1. We Are Valuable: Light is considered one of the most valuable commodities on the face of the earth as we cannot imagine life without it. So, every believer is vital to shed light in the areas of life they move within—‘greater is He that is in me thane he that is in the world’ 1John 4:4. 2. Not personality based: Being light is more than our always being happy, or the life of the party. That may not be who we are. It is focused on the fact that we are able to bring clarity, awareness of God to those around us. To point them to a path they may not even be aware exists. 3. ‘The Darker The Night, The Brighter The Light’: Darkness is fully realized in the absence of light. We must be engaged in the world around us to have an impact & provide contrast between night and light. No wonder Paul commands us in Ephesians 5:8-10 ‘walk as children of light.’ 4. Counter Culture Is Our Culture: The fact that darkness can’t comprehend light (John 1:5), means that we must expect conflict with those who are not followers of Christ. Others who are not in the light can’t see or appreciate what we do & why we do it. 5. We Must Stand Out: If we’re really light we will always seek to magnify our light through holiness—‘what fellowship has light with darkness’ 2 Corinthians 6:14. 6. Actions & Words: Our good deeds amplify our light, but our words target its brightness. 7. Stay Connected: The presence of God in us makes us shine so we must stay intimately connected to our power source—‘God is light’ 1 John 1:5; Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world’ John 8:12.