This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him.(1 John 1:5)
Anyone who claims to live in God’s
light and hates a brother or sister is still in the dark. It’s the person who loves brother and sister who dwells in God’s light and doesn’t block the light from others. But whoever hates is still in the dark, stumbles around in the dark,
doesn’t know which end is up, blinded by the darkness. (1 John 2:9-11)
Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically
everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the
way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity. (1 John 2: 15-17)
It occurs to me that there are many people who believe themselves to be Christians simply because they go to church. I went to church for many
years but I did not know God, nor really understood these verses. I thought that wanting was a normal process of life. I resented others who had what I wanted even though I thought I was a Christian. The church I attended required
that I be baptized to be saved.
The “Light” never really showed up until much later when I became convicted that my life was really no different than anyone who didn’t claim to be Christian and that I was truly alone
in my own darkness.
I say this in the hope that others will examine their lives and see whether they truly belong to Christ in such a way as to know they are never alone. I am not saying there will not be times when we slip back into our
old “wanting” ways, but I am saying there is a point when we know that God is enough to fill our emptiness.
When we find ourselves always wanting something more even when we have gotten what we thought would make us happy,
we are not walking in the Light of God. The rewards of Walking in His Light are far greater than the temporary satisfaction we get from the world's trinkets.