THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

By

Shelby G. Floyd

Light of World

We read in Genesis that God made the sun to rule the day and the moon—the lesser light to rule the night (Genesis 1:14-19).

We could not live without the sun. It gives the earth light and warmth that brings about growth in the plant and animal realms.

What the sun is to our natural world, Christ is to the spiritual world. Jesus said to his disciples, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). Without Christ we are destined to walk in darkness. With Christ as our polar star we can walk in the light of life.

When we walk in the light we will live in truth, righteousness and forgiveness. John the apostle described what it means to walk in the light as Christ is in the light:

1 John 1:5-10
“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
NKJV

God the Father gives the earth light through the sun, and Christ the Son of the Father, gives us spiritual light through the word of God. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalms 119:105). This spiritual light through the word is absolutely essential for our spiritual growth and health.

Let a person be absent from Bible Study and Worship on a regular basis, and that person will shrivel up and die like a plant in a dark room. Let all members of the body of Christ become serious about serving Christ and become a “light in the world!” And let the church be “a shining city on a hill that cannot be hidden.”

Copyright © 2016 Shelby G. Floyd, All Rights Reserved

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Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, IN 46142

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