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September 3, 2014

Becoming Children of the Light

by Dave Malnes

A black and white photograph vividly portrays the contrasting images of dark and light. The same image is found in the pages of the Bible. Those who place their trust in the promises of God walk in the light. The darkness eerily surrounds them, beckoning to take ownership of their heart or soul.

“You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.” (1 Thess. 5:5)

The light of the world, Jesus Christ, is the author and owner of light. Children of the light belong to Him. They have found rest in a dark world by placing their trust in His completed work.

three in the lightThe darkness tempts a soul by claiming it as unworthy. It touches the core of human nature by seducing them with the thought that somehow they can be like God. Those who seek to be righteous by being good enough inevitably make the claim of spiritual sovereignty. Guilt and shame robs peace and rest as darkness of night overcomes the light of day. The message radiating from the light is that a person does not become a child of the light based on their own worthiness, but by faith alone. They receive the status of being set apart from the darkness of the world.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Glorifying God through our words and actions are a direct result of being plugged into Christ. He is the power source. A light bulb does not take credit for being a light bulb. A source outside of its own created and built a light bulb for a specific purpose to shine light. In the same way, children of the light are created to shine their light and glorify God.

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Sometimes, Christians forget who they are in Christ. Busyness replaces rest when actions are prompted by guilt rather than love. Laziness replaces work when Christians choose to be a dull light that is indistinguishable in the darkness. Love for God and love for all people prompts a believer to be defined and identified by Christ. They embrace the aspect of being a light placed in a specific darkened room or a city at night planted on top of a hill.

Believers are a walking gospel lesson that is filled with truth. They are children of the light because of what Christ has already done for them. His presence becomes their reality.

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