The Light

November 23, 2016
by Lynne Phipps

I have discovered that early darkness has once again begun to descend upon us here in the Canadian north. This necessitates the use of more electricity, since I must turn the lights on as I go from room to room throughout the house. As I do so, the darkened area becomes flooded with light, allowing me to go about the chores at hand.

God also has chores at hand for His people, chores designed to bring glory to Himself and to lead others to His glory through Christ. But in order to accomplish these things we must live as children of light.

Ephesians 5:8-11 – 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. (NIV)

Once we were darkness, but now, as followers of Jesus, the light of Christ resides within us. This means that we have everything we need to walk as children of light. We don't have to try to find it or earn it; we already have it within us.

2 Peter 1:3 – His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (NIV)

In light of this knowledge, I must ask myself, When I walk into a room, or mingle in a crowd, or stand in line at the checkout counter, or drive my vehicle down the road, am I living as a child of light or darkness? Am I deliberately living my life by drawing upon His power within me so that I might exhibit His light to my world in every little daily thing I do? Such questions encourage and confront me, compelling me and demanding me to think before I act. Such questions, when I take them seriously and apply them to my life, enable me, as a child of light, to embrace the chores that God has placed before me — chores designed to bring glory to Himself and to lead others to His glory through Christ.

"For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light." May this truth be what others see in each of us today and every day amidst the darkness of our world.

Prayer: Father God, what a marvellously incredible thing that You have done for us. For once, we were darkness, but now, we are light in the Lord. Encourage and help us to deliberately remember, believe, and embrace this truth, that we might live as children of light, that You might be glorified and others might be led to Your glory through Christ, in Whose name, we pray. Amen.

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Lynne Phipps <lynnephipps@hotmail.com>

Atlin, British Columbia, Canada


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Getting that darkness here too, Lynne. Good reminder.


    Lynne, thank you for blessing us with this devotional. Blessings.


    Very insightful, thank you Lynne.
    Blessings.


    Thanks Lynne for another encouraging word. I feel uplifted and ready to face the day. Praise the Lord!!
    (B.C.)


    A wonderful analogy Lynne. It’s true that we have within us God-given light to shine into the world around us and it is up to us to choose to live in the light, for the glory of God.


    Hi Lynne,
    Thanks for this message. These shorter days of winter make us all long for more light to guide us. It is a beautiful thought (and reminder) that we have the light of Jesus Christ within to show us the way.
    Blessings.


    Lynne,
    How appropriate your devotional is for today.
    We truly live in a dark world.
    I refer to lights as ‘DARK SUCKERS’. When you ‘flip the switch’, all the DARK is sucked out of the room.
    Likewise, when I encounter a person not walking ‘in the light’, I do my best as a Christian, to suck the darkness out of them.
    Depression, anger, fear, etc., are all signs of darkness. Too many people have lost their way in the darkness.
    Let’s keep being the ‘DARK SUCKERS’ of the world.
    Blessings,
    (Ontario)

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