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Friday, March 26, 2010

Devotional Friday - "As Different As Night And Day"

"As Different As Night And Day" by Pastor Rick Klueg from The Baptist Church of Northville

for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness;
I once worked third shift , and I never really got used to it. My mind and body could just not adjust to working at night and sleeping during daylight. I would come home, sleep for a couple hours, and then wake up and not be able to get back to sleep. As you can imagine, this pattern did not make for a healthy lifestyle! Even though modern technology has given us excellent artificial light, it is still most natural to be active during the daytime and passive at night. The Lord Jesus drew a spiritual application from this reality, telling us, As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work .What does it mean, then, to be sons of light and sons of day?

The concept of light is used in the Bible as a metaphor of both intellectual and moral perfections. Daytime is the normal time to be active because that is when we can see clearly enough to work. Daylight enables us to have a clear knowledge of our surroundings. Likewise, a person who has God in his life is aware of the spiritual realities necessary for salvation and godliness. He is aware of the true God, he knows the Bible to be His Word, He sees his own guilt, and knows about the salvation that comes through the cross of Christ. To be sons of light, then, means to have a clear knowledge of such important and necessary divine truths. (Cf. John 3:20-21; Acts 26:18).

Light also implies moral purity. The Bible describes the believer’s transformed life as a matter of light:
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) (Ephesians 5:8-9). In a passage calling believers to turn away from sin, the apostle John teaches us that God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. Since God is perfectly pure, we are to walk in the light, as he is in the light (1 John 1:5,7).
Notice that today’s verse says of Christians that we are all sons of light and sons of day. The distinction between the Christian and the unsaved is as different as night and day. When God saved us, He made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6). It is up to us, now, to make sure that this spiritual reality is increasingly evident in our lives, as we walk in true knowledge and holiness.

Biblical Doctrine: Soteriology – Salvation brings with it an ever-increasing degree of true knowledge and holiness.

My Responsibility: Live as a son of the light!

Question: How does this all relate to the fact that the Lord Jesus called believers the light of the world (Matthew 5:14)?

Prayer: I pray that the day might dawn and the morning star rise in my heart! (2 Peter 1:19).


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