Monday, November 20

Walk in the light

Scripture: 1 John 1

1 John 1:5–7 Now this is the gospel message we have heard from him and announce to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him and yet keep on walking in the darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Observation

What does it mean to “walk in the light”? 

First, it is relational. God is light, and to walk in the light means that we walk (or live) in God, that is, in relationship with God. “We have fellowship with Him.” And John says that this results in relationships with each other: “we have fellowship with one another.” Love God, love people!

Second, it is moral or behavioral. To walk in the light is to “practice (or do) the truth.” Our deeds match our profession. We obey God. However, this doesn’t mean we’re perfect, for while we walk in the light, “the blood of Jesus His Son keeps on cleansing us from all sin.” I’m thankful for that!

John opens his letter with this because heresy had arisen that (1) claimed it didn’t matter what you did in the body if your spirit was right. This led to people claiming to know God while consistently disobeying Him. And (2) it created a hierarchy of spirituality that resulted in elitism. The “spiritual” didn’t fellowship with those they considered less than them. Spiritual snobbery.

 

Application

Practically this means that I want to live in open relationship with Jesus and others today—love God and love people. And I want to obey—do what He says. Walk in the light!

I’m listening to John Burke’s book Imagine Heaven, which is about what he’s learned from studying near death experiences. Many people recount a “life review” where God walks them through their lives. The emphasis consistently is on relationships, not achievements. It’s about how they loved people, and how their words and deeds affected others, for good or bad. That seemed most important to God. So today, I want that to be most important to me too—love people. Treat them with respect. Impact them for Jesus by loving well. Walk in the light!

Prayer: Lord, I love You. Help me to walk in the light today, both relationally and morally. Help to love others well, and do what You say. 

More: Job 13-14, Luke 20