Yesterday, we focused on the life part of the righteous shall live by faith.
Today, we’ll take that same thought, and look at it in a different vein.
It was said of Jesus: “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.” (John 1:4)
That means, when Jesus talks about being the light of the world (John 8:12; 9:5), He is referring to this life of God flowing in Him, and through Him.
What impacts people in their darkness and death is the life of God, bringing the light of hope and restoration to the hopeless and helpless of this world. The minstry of Jesus can be summarized in just this way: life enountered death and overcame it. He did this in life (as he ministered to every need). And He did this in death (when he triumphed over the grave).
The foundation of our faith in God is based upon the fact that we were dead in our trespasses and sins… but now, because of faith in Jesus, we are made alive (see Eph. 2:1-5) The life of God has entered our “lifeless” bodies and now we are able to bring to people what that life does.
This is no small thing. What this means is that the very same things that we see happening in the ministry of Jesus CAN be happening… through us. The same life that He possessed – is the same life that abides in us.
We access this life, the same way that Jesus did – by faith. He trusted the call of God upon His life. He listened for God’s direction. He obeyed God’s leading. He walked daily in the belief that everywhere He went, He could bring the life of God into the “dead” situations that He encountered.
This life of faith, trusting that the life of God is in us, and flowing through us, is the very definition of the true Christian way of living.
As Jesus did – so we are enabled to do. Our part is simply to believe that, by faith!
When we reflect upon, “the righteous shall live by faith,” we may rightly conclude that faith accesses this life that is “the light of men.”
The righteous thing to do is to walk in a constant attitude of faith which provides the opportunity for the life of God to flow in and out of us – just as we have seen in Jesus.
If this seems impossible, it is because our faith has been too small. Our faith does not line up with the magnitude of the God Who redeemed us – and Who calls us to BE just like Jesus to our little corner of the world.
One last thing… we are not just talking about miracle power here. We are talking about all the little things that bring the love of God into situations of need. The life of God flowing can be just as simple as food to the hungry, a cup of cold water to the thirsty. A kind word. An act of gratitude. An inexpensive gift that expresses appreciation.
The life of God is not just all thunder and lightning (to bring the proverbial shock and awe). Often, it is the gentle whisper or soft touch that impacts, and changes, someone’s day.
This is the life of faith, that is the light of men… and the righteous shall live by it!
Prayer focus: God, stir my heart to acts of faith each and every day — so that your life can flow in, and through, me.