SONG: Old School DC Talk this week! TobyMac, Michael Tait and Kevin Max comprised this classic group responsible for a laundry list of hits from the 1990’s. My personal favorite of their albums is 1995’s Jesus Freak. I enjoy a good throwback, so I am bringing In the Light from that album back into the spotlight, hopefully reaching some new ears. The message of the song is simple – we are broken and unable to fix ourselves. We need a Savior. We need to walk in His light. The reality of who I am without Jesus is found in the lyrics of this song:
I keep trying to find a life,
On my own, apart from You.
I am the king of excuses.
I’ve got one for every selfish thing I do.
Yep. That’s me. Even now, “mature” in the faith – I am still sometimes trying to work things out in my own strength and leave God out of my plans. I sometimes plow on through to get whatever thing I want. I struggle to avoid what I don’t want and forget to be “In the Light, as He is in the Light”. I can have a bad attitude, give a sharp reply or think a judgmental thought with the best of them. But I don’t want to be that way. So I press toward the Light of the World.
SCRIPTURE: In 1 John 1:5-7, believers are reminded of the fact that God is light and that when we follow Him, we need to be mindful of walking in that light. What use is it to know that He is light and then not choose to live in it?
…God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.
There’s just one catch – we can’t walk in the light without His help. Prayer, worship, bible study and fellowship with other Christians are the means by which we become capable of walking in the light. We must not be called by His name and then willingly choose to walk in darkness by behaving, speaking and thinking as the world does. We are called to be different – not just to walk in the light, but to share the light with others. We must do Jesus proud and conduct our lives with dignity, compassion and kindness. It is INFINITELY easier to do this when we worship corporately with others. We can hold one another accountable and pray each other through the hard times. That is what it means for us to “walk in the light” and “have fellowship with one another” as 1 John states. Christians are not intended to operate in isolation. That is why we are called the Body of Christ. It’s like a coal in a roaring fire. If I remove it and isolate it, the fire will soon extinguish and the warmth is lost. Staying among the proverbial coals is the way to go as a believer. Stay in the light my friends.
NOTE: It was really difficult to find a proper video of this song. I decided on the best audio – a 2013 digitally remastered version.
PRAYER: Lord, You are my Light and Salvation. Thank you for illuminating this life for me and walking with me. I pray You would daily help me to abandon my selfishness in favor of walking in Your light. May the friendships I choose challenge me to be better and walk more deeply with You. Help me radiate your love and light to those I come into contact with. I want my life to be a living testimony to Your love and kindness. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.
Hi! I’m Tracy…Christ-follower, wife, mama, writer, blogger, speaker, teacher, dreamer. I love Earl Grey Tea and quiet mornings. Here at Earl Grey and Yellow, the focus is striving to be faithful and appreciate the small things. So glad you stopped by. Please have a look around and subscribe to our newsletter and social media to stay connected.