Tuesday, April 19, 2011

L + L = L


‘You are the light of the world! A city built upon a hill, not be concealed.-Matthew 5:14


This is one of the striking messages of our Master and I thought to share with us especially in this season. God is usually in the business of calling us what He has empowered us to be rather than what we are at the moment. This we can see, from the old to the New Testament. Abraham (father of many nations), Gideon (mighty man of valour) etc .More so, I do like to say that other than ours being a dispensation of grace, it is one of responsibility.

Jesus says, ‘You are the light of the world’.hmmmmn...I made an interesting discovery. See, for every light, there must be a source whether it is candle light, that from PHCN (electricity custodians in Nigeria)-‘power’, thunderstorm etc, there is always a base and so I thought to ask myself what the base of the light that Jesus describes here is. My conclusion resulted in L + L=L. Yeah, not 2L just like it is said in marriage 1+1=1. The Ls respectively represent; LOVE, LIFE n LIGHT.
This is it:
LOVE + LIFE=LIGHT
The combined ‘force’ of love and life produce light...cest finis.


The call of the master is that of influence. The truth is that the whole world is in darkness and the solution (salt, light) is the believer. We have been given a leadership mandate-to salt and light our world (our focus today is on the light). Let me say hear that being the light is not necessarily in your confession; it is rather in the expression of your nature. I am saying that you do not confess your ‘lightness’, you rather express it by love and by the expression of the life you carry. Now let’s deal with each.

LOVE
This is one of the fundamentals of the Christian faith and in fact, the summary of the commandment is; love the Lord your God with all your strength and might and your neighbour as yourself. Until this is foundational in our lives, we can never ‘shine’. Genuine and sincere love for God and people (believers and none) is key. We have no reason to keep someone in mind for any offence; no reason to do wickedly cos that love is shed abroad in our hearts. We have been commanded/’condemned’ to owe no man nothing other than love (Rom 13:8)...woooow! That’s striking!!! Bro John made some profound statements:
‘For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him?
             Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
             Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hates you.
             We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. 

                                                                                                                                                                        He 
that loves not his brother abides in death.
      Whosoever hates his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath          
             eternal life abiding in him’.

            

      Perhaps one of the only words ‘God is’ in scriptures is that He is love. GOD IS LOVE!!!
      John also says’ If a man says, he loves God and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that            does not love his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not         seen?’
         I only know you are a God-lover if you are a man-lover. Love makes the world turn around. Someone has asked, ‘you know JOHN 3:16, how about 1st John 3:16?’ I put the same question to us and I urge us today, LET Y/OUR LOVE SO SHINE BEFORE MEN...this is a great secret to your/my ‘shinning’.

      

       LIFE

       Dear pal, as believers, there is a life that we carry and you know what, it is the life of God (Zoe). Can anyone beat that? You and I carry the life of God and so we cannot afford to live an average life. The average life is not characteristic of the life of our God-it is rather a life of excellence. We should rather be wo/men who give this life out. You know what I mean; you are not the sick needing healing but the healthy looking for someone to ‘transfer’ that on. You are not the dull student requiring help, you are one whose memory is blessed and who can teach his/her teacher (mehn!). John still had something to say on this; ‘And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son’. Awesome!!! I feel like preaching.lol. In another place it says; In him was life (zoe); and the life (zoe) was the light (phos) of men. Still in another place, scriptures say; greater is He in me that he that is in the world. This is gospel my dear.

       We are to be examples to our world and if this understanding is ingrained, our impact is sure. Don’t pursue fame rather pursue and dwell on these truths and then your shinning will never be neglected no matter where you are. John was in a ‘bush’ somewhere and loads of people followed him (he wasn’t even born again) 




        Friend, the next time you wanna lay your hand on your head to confess that you are the light of the world and that you’ll arise n shine, please do a love check and a life check. If you are ok, go on, if not, don’t waste your time confessing...e fit no work.lol. The truth is when you love and understand the life of GOD in you, your light is sure to shine.
        Now this is the reason for the season. All that Jesus came to do was to basically show us His love and His life-His love was shed to save us and His life given to empower us. Remembering this in this season of His death and resurrection is the key to letting our light shine just like His has lighten the whole world. As He is so are we...Reflect on this in this period of celebration, my friend.
        Lastly, (I repeat) being ‘the light’ is not necessarily in your confession, it is rather in the ‘expression’ of your nature. Go do that sir/ma.
        Selah!!!

LOVE (agape) +LIFE (Zoë) = LIGHT (phos)

P.S: Last Saturday’s presidential election outcome has been causing some serious rancour/crises over here in Kaduna as well as some other parts of northern Nigeria. Please pray that peace be restored on time.
DO HAVE A GREAT EASTER CELEBRATION!!!

  


     Be all YOU CAN!



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