1 John 1:5-7 “This then is the message which we have heard from him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
Per my notes in my bible: Light represents what is good, pure, true, holy, and reliable. Darkness represents what is sinful and evil.
“God is light”, means that God is perfectly holy and true and that he alone can guide us out of the darkness of sin. Light also exposes whatever exists.
Knowing that God is light, that he is perfect, holy, and true; how then should we be? How bright should the flame of our light be? We are to be salt and light to those around us. We are to burn so brightly that it draws others to Christ. (Matthew 5:13-16) Our flame should be so high, so bright that it makes others take note, wonder, and want what we have.
I love the example above which says that light exposes whatever exists.
When the light of Christ comes into our lives and we are filled with the Holy Spirit we should at that point start seeing our darkness, our sin. As the light of Christ shines into our souls, our minds, and our hearts, we should start looking and sounding different than the people and the world around us. Our flame should draw others to Christ like a moth to light; the brightness almost calling out silently saying, hey moth come over here.
How do we keep our flame high and bright? Glad you asked; through prayer, the reading of the Word, fellowship with like-minded believers, and being a part of the body of Christ in regular worship and fellowship.
Being in a relationship with Jesus. If you do not study His word, you are not going to have it hidden in your heart, and when the enemy of your soul comes your way, you will have nothing to fight him with!
Do you think others can see a difference in you? Has there ever been a time when someone asks you, or just says it as a statement of fact, “you are a Christian aren’t you?” Others ought to see Jesus in your countenance, your words, your actions, your love. We should be “living bibles” for all to read and see.
Maybe if you feel your flame is not very bright, this would be a good time to stop and pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to cleanse you and forgive any sin you may or may not be aware of; ask him to fill you new and fresh, to give you and hunger for his Word. Ask him to ignite the flame of your love and relationship with Jesus, so that it burns bright; that others will see.
If each of us who bear the name of Christ would conduct ourselves in a way pleasing to the Lord, and not get caught up in the sin, vanity, lusts, and evil of this world, I think everyone would take note of it. The problem is too many Christians look and sound far too much like the world. Their flames are so low, so dim that it is very hard to see Jesus in them.
I want to be a flamethrower. I want my flame to burn hot and be far-reaching. I want others to not see me, but the Jesus in me. I want my flame to burn bright and destroy any darkness in me and any darkness around me. We have the ultimate, purest form of light in us, we have Jesus and the precious Holy Spirit to help and to guide us. We have God’s Holy Word, to teach, admonish, encourage and grow us. We have not been left abandoned to figure it out. Be the horse that not only is guided to the water but drinks also!
My prayer for you is this: That you will have a hunger and desire for the Word of God, that you will take the time to read it and hide it in your heart; that you will talk to God in prayer and grow the intimacy between you, and that your flame will start burning so bright that people stop and say, “what is it about them, I want it!”