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Text Box: Influence and Impact Like Light!


Text Box: (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV)  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.
(Luke 11:34-36 NIV)  Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.  See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.  Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.
(Psalms 37:6 NIV)  He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
(Matthew 13:43 NIV)  Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
(Ephesians 5:8 NIV)  For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.
(Daniel 12:3 NIV)  Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
(Philippians 2:14-15 NIV)  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.

Text Box: The physical and spiritual characteristics of light are clearly described in this passage:
(Ephesians 5:8-14 NIV)  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."
The primary characteristic of light, throughout Scriptures, is exposure.  Jesus was the First Light of the World and He came to expose the darkness in the World:
(John 9:5 NIV)  “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
(John 3:19-21 NIV)  This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.
As His disciples and ambassadors, now He has commissioned us to be the Light of the World (Matthew 5:14).  In order for light to be effective it must be displayed and unhindered by anything that may block its brightness, as Jesus describes in Matthew 5:15, 16.  He goes on to say that impure motives, greed and other selfish desires darken our effectiveness as Lights of the World (Luke 11:33-36).
Light not only exposes hazards (sin and evil), but it also shows the path one must take (salvation).  Try to think about accomplishing anything without any light at all!  In 2 Corinthians 4:4-7, the truth of the Gospel is referred to as light.  The truth exposes sin and reveals God’s will for us.  It enables us to see in a dark world.  Without the light of the Gospel we are like the physically blind, in the spiritual sense—unable to maneuver ourselves effectively and subject to every deceit that is out there.
Since we have been given the literal torch to continue Jesus’ ministry, our lights must shine strongly and continually.  Light is not to be kept covered or hidden.  Notice how Jesus didn’t even suggest that it could be turned off.  
You are the Light of the World!

In His Footsteps © 1998




Text Box: Influence and Impact Like Light!




Just like the moon gives off light reflected from the sun, the light we give the world is the one reflected off Jesus, who is the Light (John 1:4, 5; 8:12; 12:46).  God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.  Read 1 John 1:5-10.  What must we live by in order to be walking in the light (verse 6)?  What does walking in darkness mean (verse 8 & 10)?  Is Jesus' forgiveness continual in our life, or did it just happen once?  In order to be purified continually, what must we be doing? This passage describes the difference between light and darkness as confession of sin vs. “covering” sin in your life.  Knowing that one of the properties of light is exposure, our sins are exposed and healing begins when we have confessed them.  Hiding your sin, whether from yourself or others, allows the sin to continue to darken your life.  Any selfish, hidden motive you have is like an impurity---hindering your effectiveness as a light.  Our "light-shining" has to be like love—pure, constant and nondiscriminatory. In 1 Timothy 1:5 Paul teaches Timothy that love comes from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith.  Remember our discussion on purity?  Remember what purity stood for?  Would you say that purity has to do with allowing exposure of your life?  Would you say that being pure means striving to not keep anything secret or hidden from others?



"Light is active, it moves at 186,000 miles per second!  It carries unbelievable quantities of energy. Light enables us to see.  It cheers and comforts.  As we said Monday, light is pure.  It is the purest source of energy that we know.  It is essential to all life—directly to plant life and indirectly, to all life.  Light does its work quietly.  The sun goes about its daily task silently but very effectively."— The Seventh Annual Spiritual Sword Lectureship, The Sermon on the Mount.  Light is consistent.  The sun continually dispenses the same amount of energy all the time.  Since we are called to be sons of light, not of darkness (1 Thessalonians 5:5-11), we want to identify with the properties of light presented here.  As the passage in Thessalonians encourages, you wouldn't want to identify with darkness and what is done in darkness, would you?  You see, when we come out of darkness, we have been awakened à Read Ephesians 5:8-14.  What is something we have to do in order to live in the light (verse 10)?  Can the desires of the flesh cause you to become sleepy and drowsy and fall into darkness?  Make sure you are exposing any darkness that may be in you!  Imitate from the heart David's prayer in Psalm 139.  Particularly heed verses 23 and 24.



Jesus says our eyes are the lamps of the body (Luke 11:34-36).  Our ability to be lights is determined by our “eyes”.  Do you have your Father’s Eyes?  Eyes that see the good in people that others cannot find?  Eyes that see love, eyes that recognize truth and shun evil?  Do your eyes really "see"?  Read Jeremiah 5:21-25; Ezekiel 12:2.  What do you think God was talking about when he says their eyes cannot see and their ears cannot hear?  Does sin darken our spiritual "eyesight"?  Hate, bitterness, greed and idolatry darken our eyes.  Selfish eyes darken the body. Eyes that are always crying, "me, me!", "I want, I want!", or "mine, mine!" are not filled with light.  Just like light is a compound thing, made of different colors, love is the same way, made of different characteristics (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).  When you pass light through a prism, it is broken up into seven colors, the colors of the rainbow.  This shows the beauty that is in light.  Jesus details the beauty of Christians in the seven beatitudes we studied.  Each beatitude is an example of "love" at work.  These beatitudes are what make the Christian able to be the Salt of the Earth and the Light of the World! 



Light exposes darkness.  What exactly do we illuminate?  Read Ephesians 4:17-19.  How is the understanding and thinking of those outside of Christ described?  What do these people give in to, due to their ignorance?  Are their eyes darkened or lighted?  Read Hosea 4:6.   What can you be destroyed by?  Ignorance produces unbelief, error and vice.  Colleges, universities and religious institutions are NOT the Light of the World.  Those who walk in the fellowship of Jesus ARE the Light of the World! 



Read Revelation 21:23; 22:5.  God will be our light in the next life. We won’t need a source of artificial light, like the sun.  Isn't that amazing??!  Some think that the sun is "real" light, just like they may think that "real learning" occurs in colleges or universities.  What can you show them, being the Light of the World?  Remember that people will never know unless you show them (Romans 10:14-17).  Don't be a candle in the wind—be the lighthouse to the world, through Jesus Christ!


But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.John 3:21


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