“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.’” John 8:12
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
“Therefore do not be partakers with them; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the LORD; walk as children of Light. Ephesians 5:8
“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:5 - 7
“…that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:10
Our friends, family, kids, grandkids, co-workers, neighbors, are all watching. They all see our walk with Christ. Is the Lord of my life the Lord of my lips, my actions, my purpose in life? Our purpose is to glorify Him in all things, not just some, not just the ones I choose, not just the ones my church family sees, not just the ones my wife, husband, or children see. The Lord is to be glorified in ALL things. And if He is not, He is not glorified and our witness suffers.
You may say, but circumstances of life are difficult at times and my fallen self shines through. Oswald Chambers states we have to develop godly habits to manifest the life of Jesus on our bodies. Here is an excerpt from “My Utmost for His Highest.” By Chambers on that:
"We have to develop godly habits to express what God’s grace has done in us. It is not just a question of being saved from hell, but of being saved so that “the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” And it is adversity that makes us exhibit His life in our mortal flesh. Is my life exhibiting the essence of the sweetness of the Son of God, or just the basic irritation of “myself” that I would have apart from Him? The only thing that will enable me to enjoy adversity is the acute sense of eagerness of allowing the life of the Son of God to evidence itself in me. No matter how difficult something may be, I must say, “Lord, I am delighted to obey You in this.” Instantly, the Son of God will move to the forefront of my life, and will manifest in my body that which glorifies Him.
You must not debate. The moment you obey the light of God, His Son shines through you in that very adversity; but if you debate with God, you grieve His Spirit (see Ephesians 4:30). You must keep yourself in the proper condition to allow the life of the Son of God to be manifested in you, and you cannot keep yourself fit if you give way to self-pity. Our circumstances are the means God uses to exhibit just how wonderfully perfect and extraordinarily pure His Son is. Discovering a new way of manifesting the Son of God should make our heart beat with renewed excitement. It is one thing to choose adversity, and quite another to enter into adversity through the orchestrating of our circumstances by God’s sovereignty. And if God puts you into adversity, He is adequately sufficient to “supply all your need” (Philippians 4:19).
Keep your soul properly conditioned to manifest the life of the Son of God. Never live on your memories of past experiences, but let the Word of God always be living and active in you.” From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition
Chambers states that we have to let the Word of God always be living and active in you. When we do that, the light of Christ will shine through. Regardless of our circumstances, the highs and lows of life, others will see Christ in us. We have no excuses. You cannot claim to have the Light and walk in darkness. The Apostle John goes on to say in his first letter, “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth (Light) is not in us.” 1 John 1:8
The world is watching us. How are we doing in glorifying our Father who is in heaven in all things? All things!!! May the life of Jesus be manifested in us daily!!! May it be so LORD!
Pastor Marty Duffell - HOPE Church Raleigh
Worship . Grow . Serve