“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. ” I J 1:5
Walking in the light. What does that mean? I love the way the Message Bible words this: “Let your primary focus be communing with Me, worshiping Me, glorifying Me.” I want my focus to be on just loving God and glorifying Him. So many times I focus on what I should be doing. Instead, if I focus on God, the right actions will follow. “Then you will be able to smile at others with My Joy and love them with My Love.” (The rest of the verse from The Message Bible.)
Communing, worshiping, glorifying. What a wonderful way to live! I missed the women’s class at church last night, but I know they talked about learning to know God better. There is so much to know about God, so much to praise Him for, so much about Him that makes us in awe. The more we know God, the more the rest of our life falls into place, and our motivation is pure.
And talking about pure motivation, I was in a cross study Tuesday night. It hit me again — Jesus went through all of this excruciating experience because he really cares about me, to the point that he wants to have a personal relationship with me, not just a god-from-afar relationship. He cares intimately about me. He wants to spend time with me. He wanted to rescue me from the mess I had made of my life, from the total disaster my future could be, from the loneliness, the despondency, the debilitating insecurities, the hopelessness. He is interested in the details of my life.
Jesus loved me at my worst. He loved me unconditionally. Loving people is something I have been struggling with. And then I realized that I have been loving people conditionally, when they make good choices. I am impatient with people who make bad choices. I don’t remember that Jesus loved me during my teen years when I made super bad choices that hurt others and caused them to sin. I don’t remember that Jesus still loved me in the foolishness of my 20’s when I kept on choosing to be halfhearted and went after the things of the world.
I have to realize that I am just a former convict who has been pulled out of prison, saved from the wrath of God and death row. I can’t think I am better than anyone. God took me out of the sordid place I was trapped in and put me to work for Him, and that is all I am now, a grateful worker for Him. My days do not belong to me. I do not live to please myself.
But even if I do not live to please myself, life is wonderful because I am walking in the light, and Jesus cares about me. He wants me to be close to him forever.
- God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. I J 1:5
- “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 1:8
- (Jesus said) “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am” Jn 17:24
- But I am among you as one who serves. You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom Luke 22:27-30
I love what the prophesies say about the light that was to come:
The people who walk in darkness will see a bright light. The light will shine on those who live in the land of death’s shadow. . . For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. . . A child will be born for us. A son will be given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. He will be named: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and peace will have unlimited growth. He will establish David’s throne and kingdom. He will uphold it with justice and righteousness now and forever. (Selections from Isaiah 9)
I will lead the blind on unfamiliar roads. I will lead them on unfamiliar paths. I will turn darkness into light in front of them. I will make rough places smooth. These are the things I will do for them, and I will never abandon them. Is 42:17
It is a time when I can walk on the new roads, the roads that are illuminated by the knowledge of God. I can worship and praise him like no generation before. Let me meditate on who He is, how great He is, and take my mind off of myself. Let me remember I was bought at a price, a very huge price, and Jesus wants very much to be involved in a relationship with me, in the day to day matters of my life. Let me remember where I once was, and that I have been chosen and rescued for a purpose.
I am a child of light — Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light. Jn 12:38
God is the most inspirational, positive, encouraging thing that could ever be: God is light, in him there is no darkness at all. I J 1:5
For the Lord your God is a sun and shield, bestowing grace and honor, withholding no good thing from those whose walk is blameless. Ps 84:11