Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing God…
The Light of Christmas continued…
While it was in the beginning when God said, “…Let there be light,” and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3, NLT) You could understand it in a different time and place. This may not be biblical, but what better way to understand and experience the birth of Jesus then, “Let there be Light?” And there was Jesus!
Consider for a moment these two inspirational and powerful verses written by the apostle Pau. “For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” (2 Corinthians 4:6–7, NLT)
Had I penned those verses instead of Paul I would have written them, “God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made it possible for Jesus to shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God.” By adding those three words it becomes a choice whether Jesus shines in our hearts or not. Those who choose Jesus, Light shines in their heart 365/24/7, those who do not choose Jesus Light shines in their eyes 1/24.
As important as understanding our choice is what Paul wrote in verse 7 contain the “here’s what happens when the Light shines in our hearts,” awesome truth. One reason for Jesus to come as a baby was to illustrate our own fragility, if Jesus who IS the Son of God was fragile what does that say about us? Yet as the Light shines on and in our own fragility we are gifted the un-fragility of Jesus by the Holy Spirit. Christmas is not just about Jesus’ birth, Christmas is also about what Jesus did with His life/living and at the same time passes it on to us. Chose Jesus, and the Light WILL shine!
“Jesus speaks to you once more, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”” (John 8:12, NLT, adapted)
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”**
Grace and PEACE,
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** Romans 15:13, NLT