Living in the Spiritual Light of Christ
So many of the people out there think that living with their focus on themselves has brought them success. They think that they are responsible for their own destiny and that they are in control of their lives. But what then?
It doesn’t matter who you are, whether you are successful, rich or poor, everybody’s life ends in the same place: death.
And what follows death?
Whether you believe it or not the Day of Judgment is coming, when you will stand before the Lord and give an account of what you have done. From this day there is no escape.
So the big question we need to ask is: How do we know we belong to Jesus Christ? In Thessalonians 5, Paul says there are three ways to know that you have been transformed from spiritual darkness to spiritual light: First you have a renewed character, second you have radical conduct, and third reliable compensation.
Those who truly belong to Jesus Christ in spiritual light have a renewed character. The old ways of living are done (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). Now, when we sin, we cannot rest. We cannot just forget our sin, but immediately we repent and turn from that sin and receive the Lord’s forgiveness. Why? Because we are like someone who is wearing a white garb: even the smallest stain shows up and we cannot rest until we take care of it by the blood of Jesus Christ.
On the other hand, those who are living in spiritual darkness are like somebody who is dressed in filthy clothes; one more stain cannot be seen; one more stain does not make any difference.
Those who are awaiting the return of the Lord not only have renewed character, but radical conduct. According to the Apostle Paul, that person is walking by faith, not by sight. He stands firm against the schemes of the devil, not inviting the devil to come in and set up a stronghold in his life. He resists the enemy of the world, the flesh and the devil.
Believers who live in the spiritual light of Jesus Christ not only have renewed character and radical conduct—they also have a reliable compensation. They know that, in Christ, their reward is certain; their compensation is definite. Our eternal reward is based on the fact that we have accepted the death and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ as our only hope for salvation—and because the blood of Christ covers us, we have no reason to fear.
What about you? Can you claim these things? Can you show you are producing the Fruits of the Spirit? I hope so, if not at least be honest with yourself and get right with God and give Him you entire life and trust Him, He will never let you down.