Last week we looked at a couple of things concerning the Light Life of Christ. This week we are going to look at a couple more things about how we can allow the Light of Christ to shine through us, touch our lives and the lives of others around us.
16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.
In this verse Jesus speaks to the people and tells them to shine their light so that people will see the light and GLORIFY the Father in heaven.
Our purpose in this world is to shine the Light of God to those who are in darkness and sin. Not in a way to condemn them but to lead them to the way of life and freedom. In the dark, when we use a flashlight, we don’t focus it on the obstacles in our way, but rather on how we can avoid the obstacles and get out into a place where there is no obstacles, and into the light.
If we want to let the light of Christ shine through us, we need to work on our character and attitude. As a Christian we are called to be disciples, and we must be DISCIPLINED.
Look at what Paul says in the letter to the Corinthians…
2 Corinthians 4:6-7
6 For God Who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts so as [to beam forth] the Light for the illumination of the knowledge of the majesty and glory of God [as it is manifest in the Person and is revealed] in the face of Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
7 However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.
God has shined the light in our hearts….this means we have the light of Christ in us. The reason the light is in us is that we might let the light shine through us manifesting the knowledge and majesty of God to the world.
What use is it if we have the light and do not allow it to shine out on the lives of others to bring them into the kingdom of God.
Let’s take a look at a couple of verses from what Paul writes to Timothy.
1 Timothy 4:7-8
7 But refuse and avoid irreverent legends (profane and impure and godless fictions, mere grandmothers’ tales) and silly myths, and express your disapproval of them. Train yourself toward godliness (piety), [keeping yourself spiritually fit].
8 For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come.
If I am to let the Light shine through me then I have to train myself to live in the holiness of God.
Paul exhorts Timothy to refuse and avoid profane and impure godless fictions, to disapprove them and to train yourself in godliness, keeping yourself spiritually fit.
In verse 8, Paul says that godliness/purity holds promise for the present and future life. Wow! That is so wonderful. I can train my body and exercise, but that is ONLY good for this life, but godliness/purity is for this present life and the life which is to come.
As a Christian, we need to understand that we are not just here for the “ride”, we are not just here for this life. We are here for ETERNITY, to reign and rule with Christ. And that takes discipline, godly discipline. We are called to live lives that are pure.
Can we honestly say our though life is pure? Because if our thought life is not pure, then our thought life will begin to affect our words and actions, eventually it will take complete control and lead us to an impure lifestyle, hindering the light from shining out from us.
In the letter to the Philippians, Paul encourages them to have a pure thought life. Look at what he says in this verse:
8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
The word PURE in the Greek means:
g0053. ἁγνός hagnos; from the same as 40; properly, clean, i.e. (figuratively) innocent, modest, perfect: — chaste, clean, pure.
AV (8) – pure 4, chaste 3, clear 1;
exciting reverence, venerable, sacred pure, pure from carnality, chaste, modest pure from every fault, immaculate clean.
Let’s look at another verse in the Old Testament about purity.
2 Samuel 22:27
27 To the pure You will show Yourself pure, and to the willful You will show Yourself willful.
Now, let’s look at the meaning of the word PURE in Hebrew.
H2891 – ṭâhôr – taw-hore’
pure (in a physical, chemical, ceremonial or moral sense): – clean, fair, pure (-ness).
H1305 – bârar – baw-rar’ – A primitive root; to clarify (that is, brighten), examine, select: – make bright, choice, chosen, cleanse (be clean), clearly, polished, (shew self) pure (-ify), purge (out).
This verse has the word PURE twice, and both are not the same. Let me explain something here.
When YOU are PURE – taw-hore – physically clean, pure, then GOD will show himself to you as PURE – bârar – bright, clear, pure.
So I believe, that if we want to let the LIGHT of CHRIST shine in us and through us, we must be pure, clear, clean, and maintain that level of PURITY/GODLINESS.
PURITY AND STRENGTH
Purity and strength go hand in hand, they both work together. Light in its purest form is POWERFUL, that’s how lasers are so powerful that they are able to cut through things that nothing else can cut through.
Lasers can cut through cancers and remove them from the body, freeing the person from the bondage of death.
How is that possible? It is just the manifestation of LIGHT overpowering darkness. The LIFE that is in the LIGHT overpowering the DEATH that is in DARKNESS.
Let’s look at a verse in the book of Job.
9 Yet shall the righteous (those upright and in right standing with God) hold to their ways, and he who has clean hands shall grow stronger and stronger.
The righteous hold to their ways and those with CLEAN HANDS shall grow stronger. Now, when we read CLEAN HANDS it does not mean JUST ‘clean hands’. It refers to a “clean lifestyle”, the way we DO things.
Look at what David had to say about clean hands..
3 Who shall go up into the mountain of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His Holy Place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted himself up to falsehood or to what is false, nor sworn deceitfully.
Again, David was not saying that if our hands are clean, we can stand in the Holy Place. No, he was referring to a PURE LIFESTYLE.
When you are PURE, it shows on your character, it makes you stronger. One of the reasons why people fall in sin, is because they are weak, not weak in their bodies, but weak in their character.
Purity and strength go together. If light has to be powerful, it must be PURE.
LIGHT is PURE, and when that LIGHT passes through a gemstone like a diamond or ruby, the LIGHT that comes out of the gemstone is POWERFUL and PURE. But we need to realize that the gemstone also has to be PURE, it has to be CUT in the right places and POLISHED, it has to be – bârar.
It has to move from being ṭâhôr – taw-hore’ to being bârar – baw-rar’.
You have to move from being YOU to being HIM! You have to move from being YOURSELF to being a SON OF GOD.
PURITY goes hand in hand with STRENGTH!
PURITY makes you become just like GOD!
1 Peter 1:16
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Where is it written?
45 For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
God wants us to be HOLY/PURE so that we might be able to SHINE that LIGHT through us and reign with HIM as Kings and Priests.
Look at these few verses…
6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
1 Peter 2:9
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
10 And You have made them a kingdom (royal race) and priests to our God, and they shall reign [as kings] over the earth!
Let your LIGHT SHINE before men!