We continue to hear the Holy Spirit saying clearly and compellingly, “2007 will be “The Year of Light!” We have also referred to this as the Year of Knowing—knowing God, knowing others, knowing ourselves, knowing the Word of God, knowing the voice of God and knowing the will of God as never before.
In our first week, we talked about the need to Look to the Light—the Person and Presence of light, the perfection and power of light and the purpose and path of light. The Person and Presence of light is Christ; the perfection and power of light brings clarity; the purpose and path of light points to calling. Looking to the light means that we give undistracted devotion and determination to focus on the radiant revelation that comes through Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.
Last week, we talked about the need to Love the Light—loving the Person of light, the product of light and the path of light. We are called to love: the Person of light, which is the Lord of Light, Jesus; the product of light, which is clear and compelling revelation providing proven processes that lead to a desired destination; and the path of light, which is the path that leads to knowing more and more the will and way of God for our lives. The more we love the light, the more our lives will be focused, fruitful and full.
This week, we are talking about the need to Live In the Light—committed to live in the light of divine revelation, committed to live in the light of divine righteousness and committed to live in the light of divine relationships. People who live in the light know God’s will clearly and fully, practice God’s righteousness purely and wholly and relate to God’s people authentically and deeply.
Live In the Light of Divine Revelation We are called to know God’s will clearly and fully. Divine revelation is the birthright of everyone who truly looks to God to be bathed in the light of a spiritual knowing. The Apostle John tells us that we are to “walk in the light,” which describes a moment-by-moment moving forward in faith and focus (I John 1:5-9). The Apostle Paul tells us that as we “walk as children of light,” we can discern and determine the will and way of God for us at all times (Ephesians 5:8-14). Divine revelation is an invaluable resource, which grants us the grace to know where to go, what to say, what to do and how to do it.
Live In the Light of Divine Righteousness We are called to practice God’s righteousness purely and wholly. Light represents purity—personally and practically. Walking in the light means that we live every day by the dynamic work of the Holy Spirit to do the righteous works of our righteous and holy God. Living in the light is about living out the Person and work of Jesus Christ in everything. Divine righteousness is possible because of the pervasive power of divine light and life.
Live In the Light of Divine Relationships We are called to relate to God’s people authentically and deeply. This is only possible when we have true fellowship with one another born out of true fellowship with God. Human relationships can become divine human relationships when we have true fellowship with the Lord of Light. Walking and living in the light with one another has to do with openness, humility, honesty, integrity and intimacy with God and each person we relate to. Divine relationships are relationships that have been enlightened and enlivened by the Holy Spirit’s knowing and knitting people deeply and dynamically.
Remember: Theologian Adam Clarke said, “Light implies every essential excellence, especially wisdom, holiness and happiness. Darkness implies all imperfection, and principally ignorance, sinfulness and misery. Light is the purest, the subtlest, the most useful and the most diffusive of all God’s creation; it is, therefore, a very proper emblem of the purity, perfection and goodness of the divine nature.”
Let us live in this glorious light every moment of every day that we might know and grow in rightly and righteously relating to God and to others.