Ephesians 5:8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
There’s a house my children affectionately call “Christmas House.” Although we are Christian believers, we don’t participate in some of the celebrations around that holiday. But we do like lights and appreciate those trying to bring some cheer to this dismal and wearisome 2020. We happened to drive on a road where this home was located and my kids said, “Take a picture. Pleeeeease.”
So I did.
The lights and decorations are on all sides of the home. It’s quite a spectacle. This is just one perspective of it.
What’s rather interesting is except for a few lights on a neighboring home, this bright structure is like a huge beacon in the area. Only a few street lights were visible.
My middle son told me plainly, “Santa isn’t real. Jesus wasn’t born on Christmas. But He does bring light.”
What is light?
fw’ß is the Greek transliterated word Phos. One definition says the following:
Light: a lamp or torch, brightness.
One could say being a light is manifesting brightness through truth and spiritual purity. It reminds me of this verse…
James 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Stay unstained from the world.
My youngest two children and I were talking about shining as bright lights in the world. Not quite like the Christmas House, but still shining radiantly. And how we were walking in spiritual darkness beforehand.
Have you ever seen before and after photos of a person before Jesus (Yeshua) and after knowing Him as Savior? You can see light, joy, and hope even in their struggle. The world would say they have an aura about them. When Jesus touches your life, you’re changed.
What I tell my children is being a light is living out the fruits and traits of the Holy Spirit.
Per Galatians 5:22-23 love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.
Love God, love people. Don’t be snotty, selfish, or rude. Choose to have joy by rejoicing in the Lord. When we keep our minds focused on Him and trust His character, we have perfect peace per Isaiah 26:3. Give people mercy. Learn to wait with a good attitude. Be kind, think good, speak good, do good. God is good and His word defines that. Be reliable, consistent, and have integrity. Learn to bring softness and tenderness. Show restraint when needed.
This is a lot to cover with my kids but we talk about this often. It is important to me that they know who God is, what He’s like, who He expects us to be in behavior, and what it means to be created in His image.
1 John 2:6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
Today, I pray that you will be challenged as I’ve been to shine brighter. Think brighter. Talk brighter. Act brighter. Sometimes it’s by omission. We don’t think that negative thought. We aren’t returning an offense with regrettable action. When that person gossips about us, we stay silent and in prayer. We forgive and restore.
I admit I drove on purpose past that Christmas House a few times. It’s entertaining to see. But it also reminds me of my calling: to be a light.
Wherever you are, shine as lights in a dark world. Now especially, people need to see it.
Ezekiel 20:18-20 “And I said to their children in the wilderness, ‘Do not walk in the statutes of your fathers, nor keep their rules, nor defile yourselves with their idols. I am the Lord your God; walk in my statutes, and be careful to obey my rules, and keep my Sabbaths holy that they may be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am the Lord your God.’