The Achievement of Living in Light

Happy are the people who know the joyful shout; Yahweh, they walk in the light of Your presence. (Psalm 89:15)

Then Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Jesus answered, “The light will be with you only a little longer. Walk while you have the light so that darkness doesn’t overtake you. The one who walks in darkness doesn’t know where he’s going. While you have the light, believe in the light so that you may become sons of light.” Jesus said this, then went away and hid from them. (John 12:35-36)

But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)

static1.squarespace.comWalking in the light doesn’t mean we get it all right, that we always have the answers, or that the light shines on us. Living in the light isn’t the same as living in the limelight. Not that the two can’t cross paths from time to time, but it’s not our focus. That’s difficult to digest in an age where reality tv invites otherwise obscure people into widespread recognition. Or when we are evaluated by the number of social media contacts we have. Or when we think our names need to be attached to everything we do in order to build a brand and make an impact…all in the name of Jesus, of course.

In God’s economy, achievement is often anonymous and may not even seem like achievement except to God. Remember, according to Him,

So the last will be first, and the first last. (Matthew 20:16)

Whoever tries to make his life secure will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. (Luke 17:33)

Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor. (Proverbs 3:34)

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