Posted by: pastortomvabeach | March 25, 2019

Thought For The Week March 31, 2019

Can you believe that we are one fourth of the way through 2019?  The trees are budding with beautiful blossoms, the birds and singing, and some of the days are actually warm enough to say “It’s spring!”  This is one of the most inspirational times of year.  Seeing the world come to life around us reminds us of the new life that Jesus came to purchase and the beauty of spring foretells the absolute wonder of His gift of salvation.

Last Sunday we saw that Paul makes a fantastic statement in Ephesians 5:8.  He says, at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Stop and consider that for just a moment.  He said that we, human people; who are prone to slipping and falling, who struggle to keep from sin, who often can’t seem to get things right; we are light?  He didn’t say we have moved into the light that comes from Jesus (which we certainly have).  He didn’t say that we should try to do ut best to be light.  He said that we are light.

What that means is, when we trust in Jesus Christ and give Him the rule in our lives, He who is the Light of the world, comes and lives in us.  When we have the Light of the world living in us, we take on His nature.  We become His children and, as children of the Light of the world, we have the same characteristics as He does.  Jesus Himself said, You are the light  of the world. (Matthew 5:14).

This really changes things for us.  If we believe that having Christ in our lives actually does a miraculous transformation in us, then that means our identity changes.  He says we are no longer what we used to be – darkness.  We are what He says we are – light.

Now I’m sure that you have experienced, as have I, that sometimes we do things that cloud up that light, maybe make it a bit dim, kind of like a dirty lens on a flashlight.  While the light is in there, we prevent it from shining as brightly as it could and should.  So what do we do when that happens?

The Bible has a fantastic solution.  It’s called repentance and confession.  John wrote If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9)  Did you notice that He doesn’t just forgive, which is colossal in itself, but He also cleanses us?  He wipe off the lens, pushes back the clouds, so that our lights can shine for Him.

Regular introspection by which we examine our lenses to see if they’ve gotten cloudy or check to see if we have placed a bushel basket over our light is vital to our own spiritual well-being and to our ability to shine for Jesus.  The key is that when the Holy Spirit reveals something to us that shouldn’t be there (sin), we must turn from it (repent), confess it, and let Him do the cleansing.  This ought to be a regular part of our Christian walk.

In our Life Group lesson last week we read a portion of Psalm 51 that went like this: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me away from your presence and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore t me the joy of your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.  Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will be converted to You. (Psalm 51:10-13).  This Psalm is David’s song of confession and repentance after he committed adultery with Bathsheba.  It is a wonderful place to visit in the Scripture regularly as we examine our hearts before the Lord.

Our Life Group agreed that we would all try to read the entire Psalm every day for a week to see what affect it would have on us in helping us to shine Jesus’ light in our lives.  Maybe that would be a good exercise for us all.  Could I challenge you to read Psalm 51 every day and ask the Lord to let it be a search light into your soul?  Let me know what happens.  Just a thought.

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