If our role, through the works of our hands, is to reflect the light of God into the world, then it is impossible to do that without the light. It is impossible to do God’s work, without God. Can God insert Himself in the work of non-believers? Absolutely. Are those non-believers doing God’s work? No.
God is not interested in our “good works.” We do good works to shine His light into the world. We open and work in homeless shelters, we support the poor, sick, hungry and oppressed, we care for orphans and widows, we provide shelter and food and love and everything other generous thing. But, we do all those things not because they are right or good, but because God is Right and God is Good and we want others to see.
All of those works pass. The person we feed is hungry again. The blanket wears out. The hug or even the medicine only lasts so long to cover the pain. But the Light of the World shines forever.
Access to the light is only available while we are alive. We either choose to accept it and live within it, or we reject it and choose to die in the darkness. Without being saved, death is a pathway to eternal separation from God, to eternal darkness. The work is not what is important for helping people make the right choice, it is the light we reflect in that work that is.
As a parent, I remember the mad last minute scramble to get batteries for the “batteries required” gift that I was wrapping the night before Christmas. Don’t let your gift to others be a broken one, one that doesn’t work or puts a burden on them. Package it with the “light required.”
Col 3:23-24: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Jesus was always in the will of God and focused on honoring and obeying the Father
We are called to live out of faith, to first believe and then to demonstrate the love we have for God and His love for all of us through the way we reflect His light into the world
They looked for someone to blame, who is at fault? Jesus looks to God’s glory. It would be good for me to start each day and each encounter with the question on my mind, “How can God be glorified through this?”
One thought on “13.3 John – Light is Required”
Very good reminder of how much is at play beyond the surface. I know plenty of non-Christians who are lovely and if the religion was about box-ticking through a lost of good and right deeds, it would be so easy to sprint ahead and rectify all errors bygone. What’s good is not done because it’s good but because we love Him and to portray that to everyone around is to be the light within the darkness. Thanks for this post!