Have You Come To The Light
And do others know you have come to the light?
John 6:37: All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
John 8:12: Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
What does it mean to come to Jesus and follow Him?
John 3:19: And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
The word deeds appears three times in the passage. The first one describes our deeds before we come to the light (Jesus) and if we refuse to come to the light. The second appearance of the word teaches that men do not come to the light because they want to continue in their evil deeds. When they come to the light their deeds will be reproved. They must learn from God and agree with Him that their deeds merit death and condemnation. The light will reprove us and correct us.
Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The third appearance of the word describes what occurs after men come to the light. Their deeds will be wrought in God and it will be manifest (revealed) to others and to themselves. Coming to Jesus changes one*s deeds. If He has not caused you to manifest a different kind of deeds, or if you refuse to permit Him to change them, it will be very difficult for anyone, including yourself, to know that you have come to Jesus. Believers who refuse to let Him guide them and work through them can expect His chastening. If we grow as Christians, our good deeds should grow. Believers who do not grow seem to shrivel up instead. I have heard it said that the same sun that melts wax, hardens clay. I want to be like the wax. I want to grow. I do not want to be like the clay and I do not want to shrivel up.
Ephesians 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Matthew 6:10b: . . . Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Is His will what we desire, ask for and obey?
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