The Lamp of the Body
This week Sean reminded us that Jesus is the Lamp of the Body and light to world. When we look at the state of our world today it is not hard to find darkness in it. All around the world tragedy after tragedy happens and everyone impacted uses their go to coping mechanism to deal with the effects. As Christians we look to God in these times though often it can be hard to do so. In the Bible there are countless examples of people who relied on God but today, we will look at just one example from Chronicles 14:9 – 13.
Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and 300 chariots, and came as far as Mareshah. 10 And Asa went out to meet him, and they drew up their lines of battle in the Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. 11 And Asa cried to the Lord his God, “O Lord, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. O Lord, you are our God; let not man prevail against you.” 12 So the Lord defeated the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled. 13 Asa and the people who were with him pursued them as far as Gerar, and the Ethiopians fell until none remained alive, for they were broken before the Lord and his army. The men of Judah carried away very much spoil.
The men of Judah had faith that relied on God and not the things of this world. Jesus is our connection to God and the way by which we help people to see and rely on God. It is our responsibility as his priests to spread his gospel to all of the nations.
Do you still believe Jesus is the light this world needs?
What are you doing to show that to your co-workers, neighbors and the random passerby?
In what ways do you believe you could help others to see the light of Christ?
Sean mentioned that bad company will corrupt good character and he mentioned that what we see can sometimes be filled with bad company. Whether it is the shows we watch, the advertisements we are subjected to, the video games we play or the people that we hang out with, our environments have an impact on our bodies and even our souls. Jesus had a rather drastic means by which we should respond when dealing with how our sight affects us. Let’s read Matthew 5:29
29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.
While Jesus is specifically addressing the sin of lust in this passage it is clear that this may be applied to other areas of how our eyes can affect our lives. Jesus even states that it is better for you not to have any eye than for that eye to threaten your walk with God.
What do your eyes see in this world that causes you to doubt God’s power?
In what way do the things you see corrupt your Godly hopes and dreams?
Are there any sights that you could tear from your life so it no longer tarnishes your soul?
Bringing it Home:
Finally, Sean mentioned that if we are going to have any hopes of bringing people to Christ then we needed to be real with where we were at ourselves. He paid special attention to the importance of being open. Again, the Bible gives us guidance in the importance of being open.
Let’s read: Proverbs 28:13-14
13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. 14 Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
These two verses from Proverbs shed light on the importance of both being open and being willing to be open.
What do you fear in being open with others?
Do you often find yourself saying everything is fine when things are more ok?
When you ask others how they are doing, are you open to hear all of what could be said?
This week as we work to rely on God and bring people to the light of the world, let’s watch what we subject our eyes to. Simultaneously let us encourage one other to remain open and to be gracious with one another as we share our struggles together.