Living in the Light

Have you ever been in a restaurant when the lights suddenly dimmed and the softer, more ambient light began to glow, cluing you in to the fact that it was no longer day time, but evening had arrived? In fact, the restaurant may have even changed menus at about this same point, transitioning from smaller portions and reasonable prices to the larger entrees and equally enormous price tags.

My husband and I were recently at an Outback Steakhouse when this happened. We noticed the transition, felt it. But then it passed and our eyes adjusted and we moved on with our conversation. We had been in the light of day, but suddenly we were in the shadows of the evening. No big deal.

But while we may actually enjoy the shift from light to candlelight in a restaurant, the same transition sometimes occurs in our lives and we best take notice when it does.

Today I read in 1 John 1:5-7:

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice 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 Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

These few verses are packed full of truth, but I just found myself asking one simple question in light of this passage this morning:

Are you living in the light or sneaking about in the darkness?

I know the answer to that question without much self-examination. We may grow accustomed to the dark, but if pushed to acknowledge whether or not we're operating in it, most of us know the truth pretty quickly. 

I've had times in my past when I was indeed living in the dark. What did that kind of life look like?
And when I lived in the dark, this one thing I knew: I was still under the watchful and omniscient gaze of my God, but I was not in fellowship with Him. And I wasn't in fellowship with other believers either...not true, intimate fellowship.

But the darkness felt like a warm and comfortable blanket, heavy as it may have been. And if someone, even God, tried to lift it from me and pull me out of that dark cocoon, I would become angry, resentful, self-protective.

In time, however, I did, by the grace of God, step out into the glaring, blinding light again. It was a shock to my senses, uncomfortable and very exposing. But there I stood...until my eyes adjusted and I saw what I'd been missing.

In the light there is:
The truth is, life in the light is so much better. But somehow, in the shroud of dimly lit darkness we are fooled into believing that the life we are living is in fact superior to those in the simplicity of the light. I've lived in both. The light is where true life is.

And when you walk in transparency with others and humility with the one true God, you will walk in the light. He is in the light. And it's good here, really it is.

I've found that I have to make a conscious effort to walk in the light. Here's how I stay in the light:
How about you? How do you stay in the light instead of drifting into the darkness? This is one of those areas where I can always use another helpful tip. In fact, I think we all could use an occasional shining from a fellow believer's flashlight, helping to point the way back to the wide open spaces of living in the light. So, do share. After all, that's what living in the light is largely about...keeping each other in the corner of our eye, so we're less prone to get into something we never meant to get into.

Let's live in the light!

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