LIGHT BE, BE, BE…
We’ve all heard it. Christian or not, we have all heard and perhaps even jokingly said, “Let there be light!” Maybe you’ve walked into a dark room with a friend, and as you turned on the light, you said, “Let there be light.” But I want to take just a moment, and talk about this light. I mean, in the first book in the Old Testament, the book of Gensis, the very first thing that we have God recorded as saying is, “Let there be light.” Then, in the very first book in the New Testament, Matthew, in Jesus’ opening sermon He says, “You are the LIGHT of the world.” Obviously, this “light” must be important.
You know, even 75 year old parents, whose kids are now grown with families of there own, always remember the first word that there little children said. So, let’s reverse it, and take a look at the first thing that our Father said. The scripture says in Genesis 1:3, “And God said, Let there be light, and there was light.” You know, when God says things, they are powerful, and they are eternal. He never wastes words, and He never makes unmeaningful, flippant statements. His words are helpful and beneficial to others. Now, f you we’re to look at the verse, Genesis 1:3, in the language that it was originally written in, Hebrew, you would understand that a better rendering of this verse would be, “And God said, Light be be be be be…………, and light was.” In other words, the light that God spoke forth was continually and eternally expanding. Wow! That’s pretty awesome! Even in science, we have found out the the universe is always expanding. If one were to attempt to find the end of the universe, in any direction, they would never be able to, for the universe is, and has always been, expanding. I mean, if you think of how much longer that the universe has been around than you, then you would have to admit that it already has a pretty big headstart on you, not to mention that even right now it’s still expanding. The universe itself has an unsearchable depth. And so does our Lord. Ephesians 3:8 says, “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the UNSEARCHABLE riches of Christ.” Again, that is truly amazing, that, the riches of our Lord, are unsearchable. The word “unsearchable” in this verse does not mean that the riches of our Lord cannot even be attempted to be searched, but rather it means that in all of your searching you could never come to an end. You could never find an end to His awesome love, His awesome grace, and the awesome Light that He Himself is. But we can actually forever grow in the revelation knowledge of our multifaceted Father. How remarkable it is that the universe has taken on the same nature of its Creator, in that it is unsearchable!
YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
Now, in Matthew 5:14, Jesus said to His followers, “You are the LIGHT of the world.” One would naturally think that the sun is the light of the world. But Jesus thinks otherwise. Jesus actually wasn’t denying the sun’s role in light, but He was making a comparison. He was saying that in the same way that the sun gives natural light to our natural world, Born-Again Christians are the ONLY shining, life-giving light to the world from a spiritual standpoint. Ephesians 5:8 says, “For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light.” Notice that in this verse, and in the verse in Matthew 5, that the scripture never says that we HAVE light, but that we ARE light. Having something, and being something, are a world of difference.
To many times, as New Covenant Believers, we are taught so much on trying to do, and trying to work harder, and trying, trying, trying. But that is not New Testament Christianity. We are not supposed to make the light of God shine through us, but we are supposed to simply let it shine out of us. It is a lot more difficult to try to do something, than it is to just be something. No one has to try to be what they are, they simply are. A dog, for example, never has to learn to bark, or to chase cars, but those attributes are an embedded part of his genetics. Those are attributes of his nature. And in the same way, Christians are not supposed to produce the “Light” of God. (The “light” being the part of us that people see, and say, “Now I know that they aren’t capable of doing that, that HAS to be God.”) But, we are simply supposed to get out of the way with our vain efforts and dead works, and just let God shine His light through us. Ya know, some have said that, “The Christian life is hard.” But they are wrong, b/c the Christian life is actually impossible. There is no way that you and I can live up to the standards that God has laid out for us. BUT, if we depend on Him, and get out of the way, the the light of God within us will simply shine through us in- and -of itself. Praise the Lord! That relieves you and I of the stress and responsibility. And it puts all of the pressure where it rightfully belongs, on the Lord.
In closing, let me bring a little more understanding about the Light that we have been made. Ephesians 5:11,13, say, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them…….But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.” Let me just say this concerning those verses: When you walk into a dark room, and flip on the light switch, light just automatically “happens.” And darkness automatically flees. The light does not have to force the darkness to leave by strenght or effort, but the light automatically expells the darkness just by entering the room. And that same principle is true for us: When the Light of God came within us (which happened the very second that we we’re born again) the darkness was expelled from within us. When you we’re born-again, you did not do anything to save yourself, or to “produce the light.” Not only did you not produce the Light within you, but you also do not have the ability or strength to make the Light shine through you. All that you did was you “flipped the switch”, or you accepted the Light (Jesus). You did not produce the Light, but all you did was allowed the Light to be turned on in you. You merely chose to let the Light shine through you. Does that make sense? I sure hope that it does. So, my closing words to you would be the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:14-16, which says, “You are the Light of the world. A city that is set on a 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.” YOU ARE THE BRIGHT, GLORIOUS LIGHT OF GOD THAT HAS BEE SET ON A HILL FOR ALL OF THE WORLD TO SEE! LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE!