Living the Christian life is an incredible journey, is it not? From day to day you are learning and gaining wisdom. It is only in looking back at your life, you realize just how much you have grown; how you are now seeing God and others through a more aligned lens. Learning how to walk in the Light through the Bible is a journey of understanding your Creator and who He created youto be.
What Does it Mean to Walk in the Light?
Scripture from John 8:12 says, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” Walking in the Light with the Lord simply means you are dedicating your life to Him and His ways. That means living by His Word, abstaining from sin with help from the Holy Spirit, and allowing God to use you as His willing vessel. God seeks discipleship from those who will yield to Him willingly. You are a bearer of His Light – a Light meant to be shared with those who are lost.
Light is the only thing that can dispel darkness. Unrepentant sin blocks the Light of Christ in us. As Romans 12:2 says, you must daily renew your mind, praying for guidance, and seeking His Light that you might turn away from sin.
Our friends atHouse to House, Heart to Heart put it best: “The books of Romans through Jude set forth the basis of man’s justification from sin and give divine instructions to Christians as tohow they are to live in the light of their redemption…”
Understanding Light in the Bible
Light in the Bible is descriptive of both literal and figurative circumstances. Eric Lyons at Apologetics Press writes, “First, the Bible uses the terms ‘light’ and ‘darkness’ in several ways and in a variety of contexts…”
The book of James tells us that God is the Father of lights. James 1:17 In the book of Matthew, Jesus called His disciples, “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14-16). Later, when Jesus revealed His divinity to Peter, James, and John, “His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light” (Matthew 17:12). Psalm 119:130 proclaims “The teaching of your [God’s] word gives light, so even the simple can understand” (Psalm 119:130). In First John, it is said “God is light [i.e., holy] and in Him is no darkness [i.e., sin]” (1 John 1:5).
The books of Romans through Jude set forth the basis of man’s justification from sin and give divine instructions to Christians as to how they are to live in the light of their redemption, how the church is to be organized, and how it is to function in worship and work. These books also set forth many warnings about false teachers, false doctrines, and a general falling away from the simplicity of the original faith of the gospel.
We come into union with God by doing his commandments, by following his directions, and by walking in the light, as he is in the light.
3 Practical Steps for You to Walk in the Light
Colossians 3:23 (KJV)
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
1. Good Works Unto Men
In his article, “Good Works – To Be Seen Or Hidden,“ Eric Lyons writes that “The Bible student who carefully examines these passages (and others) will notice that Jesus never said that His followers must not do good deeds in the presence of others. On the contrary, He always has wanted good deeds to be done, but they are to be done for the purpose of giving God the glory, not man.” Matthew 5:14-16
Letting your Light shine can be as simple as offering a kind word to a stranger having a bad day. Perhaps you can sit with someone you know is lonely and pray with them. If you see a need that you can meet and feel compelled because you are living a Spirit filled life do it! Galatians 5:22-23. The impact you make for Christ through deeds of kindness is more than you can imagine!
2. Ask God to Lead Broken People to You
Allen Webster eloquently describes nescience to the needs of others in his article Seizing Opportunities to Shine the Light to Strangers. “Some men go through a forest and see no firewood. Like this, some Christians go through the day and see no prospects. They might let the person God arranged for them to meet pass by without even giving him or her a glance or greeting.” Amen!
When you pray, do you believe that God will guide your path to someone who needs to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ? He will! However, you need to be open and ready. People are hurting everywhere, and are desperate for answers that only God can give them.
3. Pray for Guidance
“The LORD is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29). Ask God for understanding and wisdom. Allow Him to show you scriptures during your Bible study that will draw you closer to His heart. The more time you spend with the Lord in prayer and praise, the brighter your Light shines, and the more passion you have in your daily walk. Prayer is power.
Share the Message
You serve an awesome God! AsSecond Peter reminds us, it is not His will that any should perish, but that all would come to know Christ and have everlasting life.
The more you learn how to walk in the Light through the Bible, the closer you get to the kingdom of God. Understand God’s plan of salvation. Believe that the Light of Christ you share through bringing the Good News unashamedly can set the captives free, and bring the lost and hurting to a relationship with Christ Jesus. The Bible says that your great commission is to take the Gospel to every nation.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The Body of Christ can only accomplish this task if you are actively involved. Your voice matters. God needs the unique Light He placed in you, and the calling He gave you! Will you join us?
Here at Getting To Know Your Bible, we believe in the transforming power of the Word of God. If you want to learn more about how to walk in the Light through the Bible with a FREE course, or are a new believer in Christ, we would love to hear from you. Visit our contact us page and share your thoughts with us. Until then, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, be blessed!