Reading By The 'Light'

on Sunday 16, January 2011

What does a disciple of Christ look like?  How can we identify true discipleship in ourselves or others?  It should be pretty obvious.  Those who follow Christ make a determined effort to emulate Christ—to be loving, compassionate, gracious, peaceful and joyful.  We do not always accomplish this, but as the Apostle Paul admonished the early church, our only hope for success and transformation is to stay close to Jesus. 

“So all of us…reflect the glory of the Lord.  And the Lord, who is the Spirit, makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into his glorious image.” (2 Cor. 3:18)  “Put on your new nature and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator, and become like him.” (Col. 3:10)  So, the more we are around Jesus, the more we expose our hearts to his, the more we look into his face, the more like him we become.  It’s like divine photosynthesis!  Fellowship with ‘the Light’ causes the darkness in us to flee.

One way to expose ourselves to the Light is by reading the Word daily – taking a good look into the holy mirror.  James tells us that we are not only to look but to do something about it.  “But if you look carefully into the perfect law that set you free, and if you do what it says, and don’t forget what you have heard (read), then God will bless you for doing it.”  Remember, we have help!  The Holy Spirit who has come to reside in us IS the power for miraculous transformation.