Some girlfriends and I are doing Beth Moore's Children of the Day study of 1&2 Thessalonians. Last week in our homework, there was a study of verse 4:1 "...we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You live this way already and we encourage you to do so even more."
Beth had us look at 16 different Scripture references to the concept of more. The conclusion she drew was this: "Something is going to grow. Something will get "more" of us. Ask yourself this question: knowing the propensity of things to grow, which way do I want to go? "More and more" one direction will force its antithesis into "less and less". We get to decide which we want to feed and which we want to starve."
We get to choose which things we feed. I want to feed the things of light, not of darkness.
"God is light. There is no darkness in Him at all." (1 John 1:5)
If God is light, then I want to live a life that shines His light brightly. I want to live a life that chooses to walk in that light, not in darkness. Light shines the way in darkness. Even a pinprick of light makes a difference. A commentary I read said this: "God is pure light, not diluted or mixed in any way with evil, hatred, untruth, ignorance or hostility. God is light is not a theoretical assertion about the nature of God, but a statement that drives us to the heart of what God is like. God is pure light, and for John this statement rings with implications for the Christian life."
Light and darkness are opposites. They cannot coexist. If even the smallest light is illuminated, it pierces the darkness. Darkness cannot exist where light is present. C.S. Lewis said this "We believe that the sun is in the sky at midday in summer not because we can clearly see the sun (in fact, we cannot) but because we can see everything else."
"God is [our] everlasting light," (Isaiah 60:20) He will not leave us. He will not walk away from us. His light is our guide. It is our truth. Choose light. Choose goodness, and patience, and peace, and kindness, and joy. Let the darkness in the world be overwhelmed by His light shining through you. Let us increase light!
If you're anything like me, having consistent reminders of Truth surround you is so helpful. I love jewelry and pictures and decorative pieces in my home that remind me of God's character. The lovely folks at (in)courage have a brand new collection called Everlasting Light. It is full of beautiful pieces of jewelry and home decor that remind us that God is our everlasting light.
I have this fabulous necklace. I love sparkly things, and this fits the bill! It has "Isaiah 60:20" stamped on the back. The chain it comes with is a long chain, but on this day I was wearing it on a shorter chain I already owned. I love wearing it because it's a tangible reminder to me. It reminds me that I need to be shining His light. I find myself touching it throughout the day when I feel weary or want to react out of anger or impatience. It reminds me of Him.