Walk in the Light

January 16, 2018

I John 1:5-7
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 and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out 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.

The Word of Life brought us this message: God is Light and in him there is no darkness at all.

Throughout Scripture, light stands for truth and holiness while darkness is everything false and filthy. Darkness is the domain of the Evil One and within are only lies and sin, slavery and death.

This light and darkness metaphor might seem a little cliche given our culture’s current obsession with Star Wars. We’ve got at least 6 Star Wars t-shirts in our house. Our recreation closet is replete with Star Wars puzzles and the dress up bin with a variety of character costumes. Droids decorate backpacks and lunch boxes and the toy bin is a graveyard of working and non-working lightsabers and blasters and masks. I can’t even comb through underwear drawers and pencil boxes without being reminded of the force. You get the point! Though the metaphor has been hijacked by pop culture, it’s still a useful one. God is light. In Genesis, God’s first creative act brought light into the world, and his recreative act will utterly rid the world of darkness and he himself will be our light. He is unmitigated, continual light. His light never wavers or flickers, dims or burns out.

And the darkness is not his equally powerful opposing force. Rather, his light completely overpowers it. Just as the sun rises each morning, making its daily circuit around the globe and nothing is hidden from its heat, (Psalm 19) so God’s light shines into all the dark places of the world and into the dark places of our hearts, laying bare everything that in our shame we try to conceal. God is unsullied truth and unapproachable holiness. Yet he is also the God who offers us his fellowship.

We could unpack much more from this metaphor and from these three verses. We could talk about the heretics disrupting the Ephesian churches with their claims to have life with God when in reality they were still living in darkness. We could discuss how Jesus’ blood continues to purify those in the light. But the devotional takeaway from this section is that those who have life with God walk in the light of God where they are scrubbed clean of darkness. The first marker of a Life with God is the rejection of sin. Life with God looks like embracing his truth and imitating his holiness.

As we continue through this section, we’ll note that though Christians walk in the light, they do at times turn back to the darkness from which they were rescued. But their failure is not the final word. Next post we’ll discuss another marker of Life With God–knowing what to do with sin.

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  • Abi Doran January 16, 2018 at 9:54 am

    I have loved reading your writing, friend!

    • Charisse Compton January 18, 2018 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks, Abi! Been thinking about you a lot lately. We’d so love to see you all and meet Henry!