Walk in the Light
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” (John 8:12, NLT). There are so many songs, poems, phrases, and quotes that refer to “walking in the light.” But I have yet to find any reference as powerful and impressive as the words Jesus spoke to the defiant scribes and Pharisees in John 8:12.
Jesus put those religious leaders and hypocrites to the test and in their place in the verses prior to verse 12. While He was teaching in the synagogue, they brought a woman to Him, placed her in the middle of the congregation, and announced that she had been involved in adultery. Furthermore, they stated that according to the law presented by Moses, she should be stoned to death. They then asked Jesus, “What sayest thou?” They were looking for an occasion to accuse Him of supporting the death penalty on adulterers, but they got more than they bargained for.
Jesus responded by saying, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone (John 8:7)!” When they heard His response and being convicted by their own conscience, they left one by one until the accused woman stood alone. After telling her he did not condemn her and to discontinue her sin, He then returned His attention to those in the synagogue. He told them He was the Light of the world, the salvation for mankind and everything else mankind needed.
What He was saying is that forgiveness and salvation does not come by trying to keep and obey laws, but only by walking (living) in the Light. In Jesus, (the Light) there is forgiveness, guidance, revelation, encouragement, and eternal life. With that being said, it is imperative to know that it is not enough to just be “exposed” to the Light but we must walk “live continuously” in the Light. Having a personal relationship with the Lord and Savior means activating and maintaining a strong connection. That strong connection reminds us that within and of ourselves we can do nothing, but with and in (within) Christ we can do all things (Philippians 4:13).
I encourage you to walk and continue walking in the Light so that your witness will be strong and effective, and your joy may be full. Experience all that God has for you and enjoy living a blessed life.
CLING TO YOUR FAITH
“Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. (1 Timothy 1:19)
Consider the vast amount of information available to us that can also be a danger to our faith. We are living in interesting times. Times that call on us to be rooted and grounded in our faith in Christ. Times that call on us to know Who Christ is and what He has done for us. Times that call on us to know the gospel of the good news of the kingdom.
Timothy had a hard time with false teachings by both believers and non-believers in Ephesus. The culture wasn’t as some would call “Christ-friendly”. He felt pressure from within the church as well as the culture in which he lived regarding the gospel of the kingdom.
Timothy faced the onslaught of different schools of thought over and over again. Paul wrote to his son in the faith to encourage him to fight well in the Lord’s battles by clinging to his faith. He instructed him not to get caught up in meaningless conversations. He told him to remain focused on what he knew to be true.
Those of us who walk with Christ must remain true to Him. We know the truth. We must defend the truth to others who challenge us. Paul wrote these words to Timothy: “For the time is coming when people will not have patience for sound teaching, but will cater to their passions and gather around themselves teachers who say whatever their ears itch to hear. Yes, they will stop listening to the truth, but will turn aside to follow myths”. (2 Timothy 4: 3-4)
As believers, we have to guard our hearts and minds to all that would distract us from Christ. Often in our quest to know God and understand more, we allow ourselves to consider other schools of thought. Although there is nothing wrong with learning new things, when we spend too much of our time and mental energy on them, we position ourselves to be drawn away from our faith. The Psalmist prayed: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer”. (Psalms 19:14). We need to stay focused on the gospel of Jesus Christ. We need to have our hearts pure and fixed on Christ. I want to encourage you as Paul encouraged Timothy to cling to your faith in Christ and keep your conscience clear!