Light and Darkness is a recurring theme in the Bible. Light is always associated with good things and darkness is always associated with bad things. Where we fit in that spectrum is up to us. When we become children of God, we become children of light. Sometimes we walk in that truth and sometimes not so much. It doesn’t change our identity, but it does affect our impact.
Philippians 2:15 - Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky
Things to think about:
· What are some examples you can think of where the Bible uses the metaphor of Light?
· Similarly, what are some that relate to Darkness?
· In Philippians 2:14-16, Paul is exhorting the church to live up to their calling
o Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.
o As we all know, the absence of light is darkness. We see here that our attitude (grumbling and arguing) can dim our light.
§ Grumbling or complaining is telling God you don’t think He is doing a very good job. How does this make our light not so bright?
§ Arguing is having disagreements with others. Jesus was clear in John 17 that the world is looking to see our unity as clear evidence of the truth of the gospel. How does arguing dim our light?
· Our passage also says we live in a warped and corrupt generation (which equals darkness).
· The inherent darkness of sin, coupled with grumbling and arguing paints a very dark scene, kind of like a midnight sky with no stars.
o BUT we can overcome the darkness and shine like stars
· What is our light source?
o Our goodness? Our good works?
o No! It is the Word of life.
§ 1 John 1:1 - That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.
§ In a word - Jesus
· Paul tells us we must hold firmly to the Word of life
o Light requires energy, darkness requires nothing
o Similarly, we must continually remain diligent and faithful while allowing the Spirit to empower us
· What is the result of our shining like stars?
o In the Philippians case, it was proof that Paul did not labor in vain.
o In our case, that the godly men and women the Lord has used in your life made a difference for the Kingdom.
§ Who in your life didn’t labor in vain (who poured into you to help you become the man you are today)?
o As it says in Philippians 2:13 - for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose. He wants to use you today to bring light into a dark world that desperately needs Him.
§ Your light is shining today on someone who is being inspired by your witness. Let us be pure and blameless, holding firmly to the Word of life - to the glory of God.