Advent 1:6, Children of Light

Light one purple candle.
Read 2 Corinthians 4:6 and Romans 13:12

“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:6)

“The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” (Rom. 13:12)

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth).” (Eph. 5:8-9)

“You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.” (1 Thess 5:5)

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The Light of the World has come, and He has shared His light with us. What should be our proper response? To walk as He walked and put aside our natural cravings for the things of darkness (a.k.a. sin). The above verses all come from the apostle Paul, who once saw that glorious light of Jesus Christ when on the road to Damascus (Acts 9).

It was that light that ushered in a complete change in his life, turning him from a murderous zealot to a graceful apostle. Paul knew what it meant to be without the light of Christ. He knew what it was like to walk in darkness. Most of you know what that was like as well. But now he was a new creature in Christ, just like you and I, and the darkness no longer has total control over him. He had a choice: walk in darkness or walk in the Light.

We, too, have this choice. And as the first week of Advent draws to a close tomorrow, it is important to hammer home one very important application. It is found in the verses I listed above. The same God who made the heavens and earth (and He did) and said, “Let there be light” has enlightened our hearts so that we can know Him through Jesus Christ. And because we know Him, we have received His light and no longer walk in darkness. We belong to it no longer.

So walk in the light as He is in the Light. And know that even when we stumble and fall, we still have the light of Christ in our lives. All we need to do is let it shine. Walk in the light of whom you know to be true. The Light of the World.

Be God’s.