Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 5, 2015
To the angel (divine messenger) of the church in Ephesus write: “These are the words of the One who holds [firmly] the seven stars [which are the angels or messengers of the seven churches] in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands (the seven churches). Revelation 2:1, Amplified Bible
My two favorite times of day are sunrise and sunset. The beautiful ball of fire enflames my faith. The warm glow and revealing light reminds me of the gentle all encompassing love of my Creator. He reassures me in the morning—“I’m with you today.” He gives me rest in the evening—“You can rest in Me.” I once lived in darkness—aimless, afraid and arrogant. But now I live in the Light—purposeful, peaceful and humbled. My allegiance shifted from the master of darkness—the devil, to the Master of Light—the Lord Jesus. Servants of the light love the Light.
John gives an illustrative exhortation to the early church and its messengers with timeless principles. The resurrected Christ walks among the churches providing spiritual direction. He also holds in His right hand the messengers or leaders of the local gathering of believers to direct and protect them. Yes, our Savior and Lord Jesus is the source of the churches power and influence. And as the leader of His leaders, He guides them in His will and reveals to them His wisdom. Jesus is absent from the body, but present in the Spirit—in the spirit of His followers.
“He [John] came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light [Jesus] that gives light to everyone was coming into the world” (John 1:8-9).
As Christians we live as light beams of the Lord. Light is invisible, but it points to the visible source—the sun. Our light of salvation is invisible, but it points to the visible source of the light—the Son. In a believer’s life any ray of hope, any illumination of wisdom and any beam of belief comes from the Holy Spirit. If our life for Christ flows from our life in Christ then the Spirit becomes our power source. Because we walk with the Light, we walk in the light. Are you in a dark place—unsure, afraid? Trust in the Lord of Light—Jesus. Faith has eyes to see God.
God’s messengers (the leaders in our churches) have the light of Christ to lead them, so they can gently and lovingly shepherd God’s people. Their service does not mean they do the bidding of all. To some they say no. To some they say wait. To a few they say yes. Helpful service means the capacity of our leaders keeps up with their ministry. Yes, we pray for our pastors and leaders to keep their wicks trimmed in prayer and Bible study, so their light burns brightly for the Lord. All who are Servants of the Light serve, so others will trust in the Lord of the Light—Jesus!
“As long as is it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming , when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:4).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, lead me to serve and follow You—the Lord of the Light.
Application: What area of darkness in my life needs the Lord’s loving light? Where can I be a light of love to point another to the Lord Jesus?
Related Readings: Psalm 4:6-8; John 12:36; Ephesians 5:8-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:5-11
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