This world is the pits. It has been since the first sin in the Garden of Eden. But, God wants Christians—those who know Him personally—to walk in a different plane.
While it’s true that Christians are in the world, they don’t have to act like the world around them. Neither should they ignore everything around them, live in communes, and become out-of-touch weirdos.
We can walk in the light. How do I know? The Bible says it’s possible. First, it tells us where light comes from: God is light, and in him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5b). After that, it tells us the results of walking in the light: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin (1 John 1:7).
Of course, Christians aren’t sinless. We have battles within ourselves, and sometimes we even hurt others. Thankfully, the Lord gives us a remedy for sin: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Go daily to Jesus for cleansing.
I love the fact that every Christian is already light. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid (Matthew 5:14). It doesn’t say, “You can develop light” or “You might become light.” It says Ye are the light.
Recently, I attended a camp for young ladies. One of the young women said, “People tell me my mother has a light inside.” It’s true! She does.
What do we do with that light? Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:15-16).
Don’t hide it.
Hold it high.
Let it shine.
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world (Philippians 2:15).
Walking in the light means we’re living with God. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:12). I am the light of the world (John 9:5b).
Do you walk with Jesus? Is He the One who lights your path so that you can reflect His light to those around you?
One of the secrets of walking in light is rejecting darkness. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world (1 John 2:15-16). It’s easy to read these words and feel self-righteous, but if we’re honest, we have to admit that sometimes we want things we see. Our flesh and our eyes draw us in to things we don’t need in our lives. We might even covet someone else’s stuff. Our love should be for God, first and foremost.
When we truly love Him, He supplies our needs. Jesus said, Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you (Luke 12:27-31).
We can confidently walk with God, knowing that He is with us—and He is so much greater than anything this world can offer. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).
Choose to walk in light today.