Saturday, June 27, 2015

Spiritual Light, Part 2 (Revisit)

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We continue in our series of revisits to posts that were directly inspired by images created by some amazing photographers on Google+.  In this case, Jay Patel took me to a topic that took two posts to fully discuss..  Again, that image is fully copyrighted and owned by Jay Patel, used here with permission.  This is the second part Jay inspired.

In Part 1, we talked about that there are 272 times that light is mentioned in the Bible.  Most of those speaking of God being light or giving light.  A couple of verses as refresher.  “O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.”, is what Psalm 43:3 says.  The Psalmist wants God to send spiritual light to guide and lead.  Psalm 36:9  reads, “For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.”  In the light that is God and from God we will see spiritual light in our lives.  Which brings us to the third major way the Bible speaks of light.

After the Bible speaks of God as light and giving spiritual light, it talks about us being light.  That’s right.  Us.  We become light because of a relationship with God.  And that’s threefold.
  • We’re told in 2 Corinthians 4:6, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”  He puts the light in our hearts.
  • And in Ephesians 5:8, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:”  We are light and we are His children.
  • Speaking of Jesus, we read, “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:”  That’s 2 Timothy 1:10.  Immortality with God is part of the package.

All of that is pretty special.  So much so that we’re warned in Matthew 6:22, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.”  In other words, to maintain the physical and spiritual benefits of the light in us, we need to keep our focus on The Light, the God who is light.  And there’s one other thing.

One of the most read portions of Scripture is the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5.  It truly is a remarkable statement of God’s thoughts about us and toward us.  And it does speak of light.  Verses 14-16: “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  There’s an ultimate goal, when we consider the multiple documenting of Christ urging His disciple to go into all the world and share the Gospel.  By our works and our words, we are given the privilege of having the light in us draw men  to God, then help them grow in Him.  And that comes not from following a dictate, but rather from a response to the light that has been given us.

So, a final exercise, after reading parts 1 and 2.  I republished Jay Patel’s photograph of a Montana mountain valley so you wouldn’t have to go back to Part 1 to look at it.  Look at that picture  and the rays of light, just like God’s light and love streaming down on us.  Just like plants need sunlight for photosynthesis, we need God’s light shining on us and being absorbed in us.  Without it, those beautiful red flowers in the lower right corner of your life wouldn’t be moments of beauty.  The varying mountain and valley surfaces would be nothing but dirt instead of covered by lush grasses.  Look at the picture and think about how God has continually blessed us with His light  And, specifically, think of the verses that have been shared in this series.  We have such huge reasons for gratitude.

How are you enjoying the light in your life?

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