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LIFE-GIVING LIGHT

It was the start of another week at work, Joseph (of Arimathea) got out of bed reluctantly as he ruminated on the rather heated conversation he had had with his colleagues. Joseph had strongly disagreed with their decision to sentence an innocent man named Jesus to death. Joseph’s stance on the matter caused his fellow council members to raise a brow. They wondered why he was strongly against their decision. Joseph could not give much explanation to this for fear of his own life. How could he possibly explain that he was a devote follower of Jesus? That he believed he was truly the son of God and that he was eagerly expecting the kingdom of God? The mere thought of explaining this to the Sanhedrin court silenced him.
It was not until after the death of Jesus that Joseph knew he could no longer remain silent. He had to do the needful, even if it would cost him his life. He gathered courage and approached Pilate asking for the body of Jesus Christ to which he was granted the right to take down from the cross and bury. Nicodemus, who was also a secret follower of Jesus accompanied Joseph of Arimathea and together, they gave Jesus a befitting burial.

Ever felt like you were the only one living for Jesus at your place of work, school, campus or even a room you walk into? Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus were people who could relate. They were reputable men who were members of the Sanhedrin court which was determined to crucify Jesus for all his claims of being the Messiah. However, the bible records them as being secret followers/disciples of Jesus Christ.

In our time, the world also plays a very antagonistic role in our relationship with Christ. Therefore, it is always good to be reminded of who we are (our identity) in Christ and what we ought to do (our purpose here on earth).

Mathew 5:14-16 highlights this perfectly. 
“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.” 

From that scripture, we can draw out our identity, purpose and how to go about walking in this purpose.
Identity: "you are the light of the world"; LIGHT
Purpose: "...let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven.."; SHINE TO BRING GLORY TO GOD
How to go about this: "...on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house"; FOR ALL TO SEE

The world will make you feel as though you ought to do anything BUT shine (the very thing you are called to do). As mentioned in this scripture, it will suggest ways in which you should “put your light under a basket” and not on a lampstand for everyone to see.

As much as we are called to be light and shining as light is our God given purpose, it is not
necessarily easy. Which is what brought fear to the heart of Joseph of Arimathea. 

Jesus painted a clear picture of what this would look and feel like in John 15:18-19 
“Just remember, when the unbelieving world hates you, they first hated me. If you were to give your allegiance to the world, they would love and welcome you as one of their own. But because you won’t align yourself with the values of this world, they will hate you. I have chosen you and taken you out of the world to be mine.” 

Once you walk in purpose as light, the world will not agree with/embrace you and that is ok because you are NOT of the world.
The moment Joseph of Arimathea decided to stand out and shine as light (by requesting for the body of Jesus to bury) even though it could have cost him his life, darkness could not overpower him! He stepped out boldly, entrusting the consequences to God. His faith in God outweighed his fear. We see that he also used his prominent position to do good by using it to influence the work of Christ (as burying the body of Christ was an important part of the story of Jesus on earth).

Something to bear in mind as the light of Christ in a dark world; 
JOHN 1:5
“The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it.”
When we walk in purpose by shining the light of Christ within us, darkness cannot overpower it!

Maintaining the light we have within us is also important and this is done by sticking with the source of light himself.
JOHN 8:12
“Then Jesus said, “I am light to the world and those who embrace me will experience life-giving light, and they will never walk in darkness.” 
Embracing Jesus will make us experience life-giving light! Which is light that is evident and apparent to all those around us!

When we have the light of Jesus within us, it revolutionizes our lives! A brand-new way of thinking and doing life which is what God desires of us as his children in this world. We shine this light through our words, actions, service to others, the way we love others & accommodate them even in their "weaknesses", commitment to work and even by being punctual to events/meetings!

ROMANS 12:2
“Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.” 

I pray for the grace to begin to shine your life-giving light today! 

Identity: light
Purpose: shineeeee [to bring glory to God]!

4 comments

  1. What a great and powerful way to break down our identity, purpose, and how to walk in it!

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  2. Thanks be to God for numerous saints of old and bible characters we can emulate and be encouraged. God who helped such remains and more than able to help us shining the light.Glory be to God for inspiring this write up.
    More and more of God's grace upon you in Jesus name

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    1. Amen! Thank you so much and God bless you.

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