A LIFE BRIGHTER THAN NOON DAY
FRIDAY O7 JANUARY 2022
If you are born again, you have a brand new life in Christ. This life that you have is the light of the world. Therefore, Matthew 5:14 reads, "You are the light of the world - like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden." The goal of our Christian faith is to be present in this world as light and live as a "glowing" reality. Divine light is something that we received during salvation, as well as something that we will continue to emit, as the saints.
Reference: Job 11:17 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) "And [your] life shall be clearer than the noonday and rise above it; though there be darkness, it shall be as the morning."
Your life in Christ Jesus is the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past. Christ Jesus is the light of the world; He is the true light that gives light to everyone who comes into the world. As the saint, you are called to manifest His light in your world. As you do so, your life is defined as being clearer than the noonday. Even if there is darkness or negativity everywhere, your life dominates and rises above it because it is as radiant as the morning.
What does this imply? It means that your life in Christ, who is the true light, is not subject to the changing conditions of time such as noon, or weather and seasons. It's illumination is for all time. No wonder Jesus encouraged us in Matthew 5:16, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Here His focus is on our outward life, not just internal purity, which means that we are called live clean, innocent and holy lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse age.
Ephesians 5:8 says, "For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true" (NLT). In other words, the light in you, who is the Spirit, produces His fruit in you. What fruit? The fruit of the Spirit in all goodness, righteousness, and truth. Beloved, your light manifests in three dimensions of result, namely, goodness, righteousness and truth. The first, which is goodness is a Christian's inherent quality that leads to good works. This can be found in Ephesians 2:10: "The For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (NIV).
The second is righteousness, which implies the inward desire to do what is right and to practise it openly. It can also be viewed as having integrity, which is to hate all the works of wickedness and injustice. To this effect, 1 John 3:7 says, "Dear children, don't let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous" (NLT). Then the third dimension of light in a Christian is the truth, which denotes a high regard for truth in every way and form - believing in truth, walking in it and and speaking it forth. Christ Jesus is the revelation of divine truth. The Bible noted that He is full of grace and truth (see John 1:14). Christ is the quickening power of truth within us, and from the knowledge of His revelation, we practise the truth as being sincere, honest and more importantly, by living according the His Word.
These dimensions of result are the deep and entire reality of the light we manifest in our world. And this light is designed to draw people to Christ. Simeon said, "For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel" (Luke 2:30-32 NIV). If you have Christ in you, you are a light for revelation to those who are unsaved; though there be gross darkness, your light shall shine forth as the morning. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Psalm 119:130; Isaiah 2:5; John 1:5; Isaiah 60:1-2; John 9:5.
Guided Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, I thank you for causing me to experience the true light through the superior life of Christ in me. My spiritual life is brighter than the noonday; though there be darkness, I live above it day after day and I shine forth as the morning. By the grace of God, I walk and live as a child of light, growing in the knowledge of the Word, practising righteousness and perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Thank you Lord for your light in me which is my birth right in Christ and the special prerogative of my Christian faith in Jesus' Name, Amen!