A class by Faith Ijato
We would be discussing these:
Light & Christians:- definitions and explanation
Why we must shine this light
How can we shine this light
According to the English dictionary, light is the natural medium emanating from the sun. It’s a source of illumination, it’s a facts; piece of information which are ideas & concept. I will like to take it as a source of illumination bringing out ideas and concepts.
As the causal definition Let’s us not forget our focus, Christians light of the world.
I want us to understand this, who is this light? But I will like to define this first, who are the so called Christian?
ACTS 11:26 :And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
The word Christian was first mentioned in ACTS 11:26
This was where the disciples were first called. This was because they found the life of Christ in them, there lifestyle were totally like that of Christ.
But I would like to ask us why we call ourself Christian?
Though many people dress today imitating character implying yet they know there is more to this.Are we really who we are called?
According to John 8:12; Jesus said he’s the light “I am the light of the world” he further state “he who follows me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.” He that follow him shall have the life of Christ.
From here he clearly define light as himself. Jesus Christ is the light that shine. Its the light that shine in us the light that comprehend darkness.
He’s the light that lives in us, that shine out of us. If you don’t have him you definitely lack light. You aren’t a light shining, you are living a life that doesn’t depicts Christ, therefore you are not a Christian.
Yes light light light!!!, Christ is light and he lives in us, if I don’t have Christ am not a light. blah bla bla… Hmmmn, beyond this, the light is the gospel of Christ, the gift and talents he has bestow on us, our creative ideas and good work are all from Christ….. This are the light we have to shine
Now am moving to the purposeThe light has specific functions and purpose they perform, this includes :-
The major purpose of light is to illuminate darkness, they are intended to lighten everywhere. Where ever a light is definitely all darkness must disappear whether a candle or fluorescent is on Matt 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hidden.
Light are meant to stand out. A city set upon an high that cannot be hid. We are called light definitely we are meant to stand out in every facet of our life we should never be hidden, academically, Spiritually, financially, health wise because we have light living in us.
Will like to Emphasize on the academic During one of the academic seminar in my fellowship, the minister invited was one of the school lecturer also a Doctorate degree holder. He said we should never let an uncircumcised person to lead us in our class. He graduated being the best in his department and faculty because of this, In our offices, business we should stand out!
Light bearers impact knowledge to others, spreading the gospel of Christ, helping people with there talents, in conversation giving instructions and directions. Zechariah3:8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.
Light bearers makes men glorify God through our doing goods and communication with people. The glory of God must be what we aim at in everything we do. 1 pet 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Light depict beauty: Light reveal the aesthetic nature of things. This is why some flower only blossom when the sun is shining then fade when the sun set. The beauty of the house can’t be see in darkness. Jesus impacted knowledge before he left, he passed the work to his disciples which we also continued.
The benefits of light
There are several benefits but the little from my findings:
Light can never bent to darkness…..so so so true, very true, impossible. At the very sight of light darkness definitely will flee. Just like when babies are immune against measles same light bearers are immune against any form of darkness.
Light bearers shines as blameless Minister’s.Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
Light bearers stands outIn every facet of there life Christ is proven. Characters, lifestyle, academic, finances. Light bearers shine the beauty of Christ in them. Reveals the works of God, showcasing our talents and gifts from God.
The quantity of light gives people desire to want it, it makes people glorify God through us.
Do you see the reason why you want to be like that brother,Sister, dad or mum. Do you see why u listen and imitate Apostle Arome Osayi, Pst Sam Adeyemi, Apostle Selman and others.
People look to us for direction and instruction, they imitate us. People envy us and always want us to be like us
Light reveal darknessWhen Jesus preached do you know the Pharisee and Sadducees envied him?The sorcerer man tried to imitate Peter performing miracles, because they saw light. Light are meant to reveal darkness, to illuminate, understanding this purpose and benefit searching them you discover that none of it is applicable to you, to no extend has many be relevant to you. No cause for alarm definitely something is wrong. There are some hindrance causing it.
Lets look through some of this hindrance, why can’t I showcase Christ, why am I still not a light bearer?
The major hindrance is sin. For all have sin and have come short of God’s glory. The fact is sin, he will never stay at the sight of it. Sin…..there are lot of things attached to this.The little disobedience, all things attached to depriving the glory of God
Being a man pleaser: Choosing to please men so that they can honor you only . this leads to you shining yourself and not the light of God.
Proud heart sometimes might be the caused and when we try to over do thing just because we want people to identify us
Procrastination: When you don’t do the good works
When you are found of the act of obscuring ….hidding
Obscuring:- it means hiding, many of us have the ability to design, we know how to sing, drum.We all know what we specialize in, what we can do, the gift and talent. Yet we hid them, some use it just for there own interest.
Do you remember the story of the talent when the person with only 1 lost his talent to the one with 3. I want to preach today, I want to intercede, I will do it tomorrow yet none is done.
Why must I shine this light? Can you ask yourself, in your mind think about this.
I want us to know that it is the plan of God for us to shine his light…..”go ye into the world and preach the gospel.” The gospel is the most significant way of shining the light, because this light is Christ.
According to Matt 7:19 every tree that doesn’t bear fruit I’d cast away. Our talent and our gift from God, they are all expected to bear fruit, if therefore no fruit is bear from them it will be cut off and cast away. The gift and talents will be taken from us.
One of the work of God on earth, probably the major was to chase out darkness, always making a way for light.The world is looking unto us as Christians, they want to imitate us
God despise darkness, he sent his disciples to shine light into the darkness of the world through gospel, because he despise darkness
How can we shine his light
By doing the good works of God
By propagating the gospel
Making Good use of your talent to bear godly fruits
Leaving our comfort zone Its not until you go out moving from door to door that you can propagate the gospel. You do this in your characters, lifestyle, through your phone on social media and others.
How well have you use the talent you have gotten, the loving gifts you have got is God please with the way you use them reflect on this
The quality of our light matters. Your light can be the candle type, maybe the red, yellow or white bulb, probably the florescent used in crusades the quality matters.
How is our light shining?
For us to beam more we have to cut away all hindrances.