To learn how God lights our path we must first understand how light works. Light is one of the reasons I love to paint. There wouldn’t be anything to see without light. Light is so powerful it takes your breath away, and at the same time, so infinitely subtle, you wish you had better eyes to see it with. Light from the sun holds every color of the rainbow within it. We need a prism to see the red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet but they are there in every drop of sunlight. Think of the incredible variety these colors produce! Even the shadows hold muted color. Think of a flower garden in full bloom. Think of a sunrise over the Grand Canyon. The opposite is the complete absence of light or darkness which also means the complete absence of color and variety.
Light changes the state of everything it touches.
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5
It’s little wonder that God is light – light gives life to this whole planet and at the same time reveals it in all its splendor. Our eyes were created to see light and the contrasts of color. Our minds were created with the ability perceive form and shape through what we see of the light. Wow! It’s like we were specially designed to understand and function with the seamless flow of God’s beauty. The simple truth is – God made us this way.
God is Spirit. So how can we translate this understanding of physical light, into spiritual light.
“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:” vs. 6
Wow. God is defining how we perceive and understand Spiritual light. In order to have the spiritual light we must have fellowship with Him, Him who is Light. Without His fellowship we are in darkness. What is this fellowship? In the Greek, the above word for “fellowship” is koinōnia. This Greek word is exciting. (For those of you who have my book I go into more detail about koinōnia, in chapter 6, page 61.) Koinōnia is FULL sharing. This is the fellowship that brings joy, relief, tears, laughter and deliverance. It is unhindered by awkward tensions or fumbling pride. This kind of relationship has nothing to hide. Why should it? God is light and God is Love. Perfect love. In Psalms, David requests this kind of intimate fellowship and depth from God.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalms 139:24
He allowed the light to shine into all the dark places of his heart. How many of us are brave enough to pray this prayer and really mean it? It took me a long time before I could. Okay, but how can we have this kind of fellowship with God? Look at another place where we find the word koinonia.
“God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship (koinonia) of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9
“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship (koinonia) with us: and truly our fellowship (koinonia) is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3
We have full fellowship in the light of God’s calling. We obtain the light through Jesus Christ, BUT we walk in the light of our own freewill. Can a believer be living in darkness? Sure! Can they be living in filtered light or shadow? Yes absolutely! It all depends on how much light they want in to let into their life. Could their fellowship with God be unhindered by the shadows and fully be in the light? Yes, but how do we define that? Let’s keep reading in 1 John.
“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:7-9
Sin is equal to spiritual darkness. Many people think it’s when you murder, steal, or cheat on your spouse which are sins but not the definition of sin. Instead of guessing we have to go the Word of God to define our terms. So what is “sin”?
In the first verse above, sin is translated from the Greek word, hamartia. This literally means, missing the mark. When we sin we miss the mark, another way of saying that is we have broken off fellowship with God. Wow. So you’re saying that if I stay in fellowship with God I’m walking in the light? ABSOLUTELY! Is it possible to have full fellowship with God all the time and to be walking a sin free existence? YES. Jesus Christ did it. He is our example. Though it does say that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, Jesus Christ made it available for us to walk in the LIGHT as much as humanly possible.
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6
Wow! Fellowship with God is fellowship in the light, knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ is how we received the light. Now, how do we keep it?
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
We confess it. We own up to the sin then we let God cleanse us from it. Does that mean we have to take it back onto ourselves and ask for forgiveness over and over? Why would God go to all this trouble to call you into the light, if He wanted you to take the sin and darkness back into your mind and life? LIVE in the light. Let it change the state of everything that it touches. Celebrate the wonderful variety and color and excitement it brings. Let the light define the form and shape of your life and path. How?
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and HE shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:6
A walk in the light is the most exciting thrill of our lives, and God – who commanded the light to shine out of the darkness – hath shined in our hearts. All you need to do is let Him shine on and light your path.
God Bless You Today!