Wednesday, August 5, 2009

As Part of the Body - A Ray of Sunshine

by Bill Robinson
..I will show thee my faith by my works .. (Jas. 2:18)
These words of scripture are fulfilled by each and every one of us. Whether Jew, Gentile, or
Christian, our actions speak louder than our words and demonstrate our faith
weak or strong, in Christ
or in Satan. How sobering this should be, especially to Christians!
Christ is the light of the world1 and we, the members of His body, are used of Him to show forth
that light to the world.2 We are, in fact, tiny rays of the light of Christ in this world and we may be the
only light some men ever see.
Although many claim to be in the light, very few demonstrate this condition by their actions.
While a light may be large or small, bright or weak, it is always identifiable as light and is best seen when
surrounded by darkness. Do we measure up?
Can we always be identified as members of Christ s body wherever we may be? Does our light
shine when we are in a crowd of unbelievers, or must we be with believers for our light to show? Are we
rays of light or do we merely reflect the light of those around us? A true light will always shine whether
alone or with others.
The only function of light is to dispel darkness and it will always do this. We cannot eliminate
light by increasing darkness. In fact, the light shines brighter as the darkness increases. We can,
however, increase darkness by removing the light or by pretending to have light when there is none.
As a light dispels darkness, it accomplishes two things. First, it reveals obstacles or dangers that
may be hidden in the darkness and second, it will light a path so the traveler may reach his destination
safely. A true Christian will be used of God to accomplish the same things. His conduct, in the spirit,
serves to reveal the wickedness and evil of the unbelieving world around him and his life serves as an
example, leading others to Christ.3
1 Lu 2:32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. (KJV)
Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. (KJV)
Joh 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness,
but have the light of life." (NKJV)
Joh 9:5 "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (NKJV)
Joh 12:35 Then Jesus said to them, "A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness
overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. (NKJV)
2 Mt 5:14-16 "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. "Nor do they light a lamp and put it
under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. "Let your light so shine before men, that they
may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (NKJV)
Eph 5:8-16 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit
is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the
unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them
in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He
says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light." See then that you walk circumspectly, not
as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (NKJV)
1Th 5:5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. (NKJV)
3 Compare: 2Co 2:14-17 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance
of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those
who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And
who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God,
we speak in the sight of God in Christ. (NKJV)

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