“Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.”
~Luke 11:36 (NIV).
There is light within each of us; it’s the God-light. Our consciences attending, it’s up to us, however, if we should choose to respond to the calling of the God-light.
God is Light
In God there’s no darkness (1 John 1:5). Purity and holiness are God’s—in entirety—but they’re ours also through the indwelling Holy Spirit, when we choose to obey the fundamentally immediate call of God.
Light is perfection. Without God we cannot come close; God is the only One without darkness—the only reliable Source inspiring and motivating works of good faith.
God’s light is wonderful and we’re hence called out of the darkness of our human hearts into it (1 Peter 2:9) i.e. we’re called to live with, for and through this light.
We are to ‘be’ Light
“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ 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 (NIV).
How we hold ourselves and attend to life is all-important. If we feed ourselves upon things that are heavy and burdensome we ourselves will become this way via simple osmosis.
We just are not designed to cope with many unreconciled burdens—we must continually reconcile these before God to become or remain light-full.
If we choose to surround ourselves with many light-full things and build our faith-strength continually we’re going to be the light-of-God almost certainly for others no matter where they’ll be.
We are to be ‘Light’ (i.e. the Verb)
Lightness as a function in life, and not merely what we stand for, is the key to a vibrant Christian Spirituality. Lightness implies there’s no ‘weight’ we place on or over our world, whether that be through judgment, expectation or implication.
Nothing of conditionality exists.
In this, we place little burden on the world at large, and certainly nothing beyond a wholesome account that is only reasonable and wise in a functional living of life in this broken world of ours.
Jesus, of course, said:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest... I am gentle and humble in heart... my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
~Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV adapted, and with italics added).
We are to exemplify this lightness—the gentle, humble heart set on freeing people from their burdens so far as that depends on us.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.