Today’s word is LIGHT.
There are many things you can do to “process” this word today:
Think on it.
Look it up in Scripture if you choose. An easy way to look up biblical texts on the topic is to go to biblegateway.com and do a search on the word.
Discuss it with others.
I’m sure you can think of others. Whatever you choose to do to process this word today, please check back in at the end of the day and let’s have a discussion about your thoughts, experiences, etc.
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10 thoughts on “LIGHT – Day 8 of The One Word Devotional”
Philippians 2:14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life …
Sometimes the world seems so dark that we think we must do something extraordinary to curtail the darkness. It is interesting to me that this passage in Philippians points simply to our demeanor and our relationships as a means to combat the darkness and shine as lights. When we who profess to be part of the family of God work together without grumbling and resist the urge to fight amongst ourselves so much, we shine as lights.
This leads me to consider John 17 where Jesus prayed over His disciples that they may be one, be unified in love. Then He links this desired display of love and unity as something that will help the world to believe in Him.
Want to be a light in this dark world? Learn to get along with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Whenever I think of light I think about shadows. Shadows are not the growth of darkness but are the presence of growing light.
Interesting thought, Abi. What are you thinking in terms of application of the idea?
Life isn’t easy and growth in God often reveals ugly things, but viewing it as light and shadows is helpful to put it in perspective..
Gotcha. Thanks for expounding.
I smiled when I saw “Light” this morning–as the theme. I really like the idea above about our relationships being carriers of light! The light of God’s presence, love, mercy, grace, listening ear, encouragement, challenge, whatever…. conveyed between us when we ‘walk in the light.’ One other thought today: Sometimes I imagine myself as a big old house with many rooms. Some dungeons. Some dark closets. Some scary corners. Letting Jesus/God’s Spirit into the front door is just the beginning of opening the door to each room and closet and cupboard–to let the light of shining grace-filled truth come in and bathe my wounds and secrets and shame with healing light. Like Jesus going to visit Zacchaeus (sp?).
Sorry to miss the last two days!
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Glad to have you back with us, Elouise. Hopefully, your absence means you enjoyed some sort of Sabbath. 🙂
Your thoughts here remind me of Revelation 3:20 where Jesus says He stands at the door and knocks and if we open the door He’ll come in and dine with us. I often point out that Jesus is speaking to His followers in that verse. As I was growing up, I always heard the text use as an evangelistic invitation to the non-believer. When I came to realize He was speaking to believers, the passage took on a whole new meaning for me. Like you said, we can invite Him into our hearts for more intimate experience with Him. Thanks for the reminder of how important it is to do just that.
Ok, I’m behind but it’s not because I haven’t been thinking and praying about the words…I just haven’t made it back to write! Catching up….
My first thought when I saw the word was a forest glen with rays of light filtering through the leaves. I don’t know if I can post a photo here, but I have one that to me signifies God in all his glory.
I also loved the picture of Jesus knocking on my front door (a little horrifying at the moment because we got two large grandpuppies about 36 hours ago and between them and our two dogs, there are stuffed animal guts and body pieces strewn everywhere!). But it isn’t how the parts of the house we see would look — when Jesus would walk in, he would light up ALL the dark places — the dust bunnies under the book case, the grunge in the unreachable corner of the bathroom, the slime under the produce drawer of the fridge. All of a sudden I would see all those hidden horrors in my life. Yet when I turn to look at my King, he has a huge smile and he’s looking just at me. He lights up those areas so I can clean them, but he doesn’t seem to care because he loves ME!
Nice analogy, Susan. I like the idea that He actually comes in and helps with the cleaning if we let him. Like Peter, we might say, “But you, Lord, can’t lower yourself to clean me/for me.” But He’d remind us, that’s precisely why He’s come in.