2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.
The scriptures call on us to follow Jesus with unrelenting dedication, to seek Him and constantly be waiting for Him, and as a result to learn from Him. It is through this dedication that our hearts experience His Light, and that we are guided in our journeys to discover His truth, compassion, mercy, and teaching. We are better as a result, and come out of the darkness of sin and desires of the flesh, which only serve ourselves.
As a learner, I am always seeking to be better in my understanding of following Jesus. Reading scriptures is the best way to do that. In my reading over the past couple days, it became clear to me that the following Jesus puts a light within us that gives us confidence, insight, and understanding.
John 8 (NJKV)
12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
As someone who has accepted Jesus as his personal savior, I delight in His light. In the very words I write here, I am guided by His light. I encourage anyone who reads this to embrace His light, to embrace His Truth, and to boldly claim your alignment with His light.
Luke 8 (NJKV)
The Parable of the Revealed Light
16 “No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light. 17 For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light. 18 Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him morewill be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.”
It is incredibly important to understand and come into alignment with His light. By doing so, you are shown His ways, and He walks with you. This process of aligning with His light and walking with Him is continual. Through devotion, we find solace and are humbled to His ways. And, truly, we develop our ability to discern what is of His light and what is of this world.
Luke 11 (NJKV)
The Lamp of the Body
33 “No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light. 34 The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35 Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. 36 If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.”
When we develop our understanding through His light, and walk with Him, we receive His lessons, mercy, and gifts. Therefore, we must praise Him and share our knowledge of Him with the world. It is in doing so that we give others the opportunity to know Him through our alignment with His light. And, hence, we give others the opportunity to then glorify and praise Him as a result of knowing Him.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.