Living In The Light
Jesus calls us to be His light in this world. That sounds nice, but this job can be rather difficult. Life can be chaotic, which makes following Jesus a challenging task. The character in the movie “Lord of the Rings”, Bilbo Baggins, said it best: “I feel like butter scraped thinly over too much bread…”
Ever feel like that? I sure have!
Life is messy. Things don’t go as planned. Disappointments set in with the things we do, the things we say, and the people we sometimes become. A dislike for what we turned into brings a realization that living in the light is downright difficult, which makes trying to be His light a far-fetched dream.
Life is like traveling. There are certain uncertainties that we should accept. From flight delays to highway construction and people who don’t seem to share the same urgency we do- traveling has the ability to push our patience to a new level. Similarly, life is full of uncertainties that challenge our patience and attitude.
When this happens, we have a tendency to fall into our old habits of poor choices. Every person has habits that they hate and regret. These habits blend us into the world rather than causing us to be a light.
Being that society is in a constant state of flux develops a challenge for Christians to truly recognize the difference between living in the light and walking a destructive path towards darkness. Through the societal shifts, the standard we strive for must remain the same. Our goal ought to be to please God in all things. However, this cannot lead us to a path of legalistic mindsets and attitudes. Instead, our lives should represent a positive ambition to please God through our choices, as we strive to reveal His love throughout our interactions with others.
Developing new habits should be our aim. It has been said that a new habit can be developed in 30 days. To live as the light means that we ought to overcome our habitual bad habits with more positive choices.
Connect with Jesus in His WORD. Let His light shine within you, adjusting those habits to becoming a light in the world.