Thursday, March 13, 2008

God's Holy People: Part 4

The followers of Jesus Christ are called to live differently from the world. If we are not live differently from those people who are not Christians then we have to ask the question: Am I really following Jesus?

This is more than just going to a worship service on Sunday morning or placing a few dollars in the offering plate, this is about a different set of priorities and trusting God more than you trust yourself. It is seen in the way we love. Part 3 we examined how the apostle Paul expected followers of Jesus to walk in love.

In order to live differently from the world and be beacons of light in this dark world the Apostle Paul also tells us that we are to walk in light.
8 for you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light - 9 for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth - 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For the things they do in secret are shameful even to mention. 13 But all things being exposed by the light are made evident. 14 For everything made evident is light, and for this reason it says: "Awake, O sleeper! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!" (Ephesians 5:8-14; ISV)

A motto I have for my life is: A Christ-Follower shows the world a better way to live. Ultimately that is what living as children of light is all about. Light exposes what the dark hides. Light shows the way when darkness covers it up. Our lives should be lights for the world.

Do you realize that there are people desperately searching for a better way to live? They are stuck in the same patterns given to them by their parents and friends. All they know is that their way is killing them, but they don’t know there is a better way. There are people who have no clue that it is wrong to have sex outside the commitment of marriage, to beat and abuse their children, or to do drugs. They are just living the best way they know how, the way given to them by culture, and it is absolutely killing them.

Christians need to live their lives is such away as to show people that there is a better way to live. There is hope. There is a way to live life that bring joy to the lives of others instead of destruction. That following Christ is the way to have hope, peace, and purpose for life.

When we walk in light one of two results will take place. First, it will attract people to Jesus. Living lives of faith and hope will make us different, radically different, from the rest of the world. There will be some people who will be draw to the type of life that we live. They want the hope and faith that we have. They want to have the purpose and excitement we have for life. The light will attract them.

Though some will be attracted to the light, some will be repelled. Like rats and mice scramble for the dark place when a light is turned on, some people will seek the dark rather than live in the light. They don’t want the greed and lust of their hearts exposed. In some cases they will turn hostile: “What give you the right to tell me how to live!” They realize what they are doing is wrong, and the way a Follower of Christ lives his/her life exposes all the hopelessness and fear they have in their lives. They would much rather remain hidden in the dark than deal with the reality that the light exposes.

Our lives are meant to be on display for the world to see. People need to see in the way we live how being a follower of Jesus is better than following the way of the world. What is your life telling the world about Jesus?

  • Point to Ponder: We are to walk in light.
  • Passage to Remember: Ephesians 5:8-14
  • Question to Consider: What is your life telling the world about Jesus?
God's Holy People: Part 1
God's Holy People: Part 2
God's Holy People: Part 3
God's Holy People: Part 5
God's Holy People: Part 6

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