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Religion

What's in a Name Part Eleven


By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted March 25, 2015

RELIGION – I am writing this on Monday morning. Sunday was a wet and dreary day! It was the kind of day that if it was not a Sunday, you might want to stay in your jammies all day long and not leave the house. Now some of you might have attended Bedsheets Baptist church, if so set the alarm for next Sunday and if you don’t have a church home, you might as well come on out to Antioch. But let’s come back to the important subject of Jammies.
 
My favorite pair of Jammies I ever owned was a pair of Glow in the dark Ninja pajamas! They were amazing! When the lights went off in my room, my kung-fu hands and feet lit up the dark with whirling spins and kicks!  But gradually the glow in the dark would just get dark. Then a tired little Phillip would go to sleep. I was a bit perplexed as to why some days my jammies did glow and sometimes they would not. If they were left in a dark drawer they would not glow. It was only if they had spent time out on the dresser all day that they would glow; they had to charge. I found out the science behind it, but it is a little too involved to go into here.
 
What I learned as a young boy was that there was an inverse relationship between time spent in the light and how long the glow would be. It was like an hour in the light may equal 10 minutes glow. The longer they stayed in the light the longer I delayed bedtime and the longer I got to train my budding ninja skills!

Why do I tell you this (aside from the fact if you find glow in the dark ninja jammies in an adult XL, please hook me up)? Because our next name for God this is “Yahweh-Or” or the The LORD is Light. The name of God comes from Psalm 27:1 where Kind David wrote that “The LORD is my light…”

Think about what means to say that “The LORD is my light.” First, in the Bible light is always contrasted with the darkness of Sin. 1 John 1:5 says that “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”  The fact that “God is light” means God is always completely good and holy!  There is no evil or sin in God.

We as people, regardless of what any of you may think, are not full of light. John 3:19 says that “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.”  People do not want to have their sin exposed in the light, so we hide it, try to cover it over, delete it, lie about it, and rationalize it so that it does not come to the Light.

But things left in the dark get worse and worse. A little baby in our church fought a yucky infection on his neck. The poor little fella has more chins than neck. But anyway, the fact his chins covered his neck meant that inside those sweet little baby rolls of skin it was dark and thanks to drool, wet and warm. He is all better now. But his parents had to work to keep his neck dry and bring it into the light as much as possible. If it had been neglected it would have gotten worse and worse. Sin, left to fester in your life and not brought into the light of God will grow and spread rapidly as well.

So what do we do? Think back to Glowing Ninja Jammies, we need to spend time in the light! We must expose ourselves to Jesus, delight in his Word, and spend time in prayer soaking up His rays. Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. (15)  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. (16)  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

You see we spend time in the light of Jesus so that we can then in turn shine that light to others. If we don’t spend time with Christ, we will not be charged up to show Jesus to others. Please keep in the mind, the light that we have is like the light of the moon. When we see the moon it appears that it is shinning at night like the sun. But it is not shinning, it is only reflecting the rays of the sun to us. The light it has comes from the sun.

Please know that in the same way any light that we have in ourselves always comes as we reflect the light of the Son of God. Are you living in the darkness of sin? Are you being recharged daily to reflect Christ to all you see? Bring your life into the light of Christ and be forgiven, healed, and recharged!





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