The World Is Darkening; We Must Shine Brighter

Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life…
–  Philippians 2:14-16

Let’s take this exhortation one piece at a time:

Do all things without grumbling or disputing…

Jesus did not grumble or dispute; therefore, neither should we.  He is our example; we follow in His steps.

…prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent…

Keep a clear conscience before God.  Even if some people ascribe false motives to you, do not worry about it since God will vindicate you in due time.  Someone is always going to misunderstand you – God never will.

…children of God…

You have a Father in heaven – let Him be a Father to you right now.  Let Him discipline you, but let Him comfort you as well.  He is a loving father; He is a righteous father.  He will not fail His duties.  Believe in His fatherhood.  Refuse to believe you have been orphaned by Him.

…above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world…

The darker the world, the more important the light that emanates from you.  The more corrupt the world, the more steadfast you must be in your integrity.  You cannot change the world, but you can be a light to it.  Don’t flicker.  Burn bright.

…holding fast the word of life…

The word of life is in the Scriptures, which God’s prophets and apostles shed their blood that we might have and hold.  Determine in your heart that these prophets and apostles will not have died in vain; determine that their words shall bear fruit in your life today.  Even if all you can remember today is a part of a sentence, hold it fast.  Live by it, and the God of peace will be with you.

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One Response to The World Is Darkening; We Must Shine Brighter

  1. Reine Gnade says:

    I believe that we can change or have a tremendous impact on the world, for light changes darkness to light. The good Shepherd “changed” the world and so will His children.

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