Doug Story

"This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin."  I John 1:5-7

I live in Beaumont, California.  I love it.  It is a great city, with great people.  However, I have one complaint.  You see, Beaumont is proud to be known as a “night sky friendly city.”  At first glance  you think, “oh that is really nice of them,” but what does that actually mean?  NO STREETLIGHTS.  I’m not kidding.  There are hardly any streetlights in this city.  They say they want to be able to preserve the night sky so you can see stars.  They want to make it so you can stand out in your backyard and look up at the big dipper.  That is nice and all, but for a guy who grew up in Rialto and San Bernardino, dark streets scare me.  I pull up to my house at night all the time, park in the street and say a quick prayer, “Lord, don’t let there be anyone laying in my front yard 5 feet in front of me that I cannot see waiting to abduct me.”  I wake up every morning look out my window and think that it is a miracle from God that my car is still there.  Someone could steal my car with a forklift and an air horn and nobody would see them do it.  It is that dark on our streets.

You see, in the darkness you can hide.  You can steal.  You can do all sorts of sinful things.  In the light, it is a different thing all together.  In the light you walk confidently.  In the light you have no fear.  In the light you park your car, get out and have no fear of accidently stepping on someone laying in your grass who is waiting to hurt you.

In 1 John Chapter 1 verses 5-7, John writes about God as being light and that in Him there is no darkness.  No darkness at all.  John points out here that as Christians and followers of Christ, we have a choice.  We can choose to walk with God, in the light and have fellowship with Him, or we can lie and walk in the darkness; in other words, we fake it.  When we choose to walk and live in the light we are proclaiming something.  We are proclaiming that we are in fellowship with God.  That we have been bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus and have been purified from our sins by Jesus, through Jesus.  If you claim that then you should walk confidently in the light with God.  However, sometimes some Christians lie.  They claim to be all about Jesus, but are really living in the dark.  They come to church on Sundays, go to classes, go to small groups, sing and pray on Sundays at church, but the rest of their week is spent living in the darkness, away from God, away from the light.  Not living in the truth.

John encourages us that if we do walk in the light we not only have fellowship with each other as believers in Christ, but also with God himself through Jesus.  Walking in the light is a choice.  Walking in the light, is living in the truth and obedience of God’s Word, empowered by the Spirit so that in each moment of each day YOU can be a source of light, shining bright for God’s glory.

LORD, thank you for the fellowship that we can have through Jesus with You.  Help us be bright all the time.  Help us to be sincere and consistent in our faith.  Shine through us in this dark world.

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