Children of the Light
Date: October 16, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Voice and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share
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B - Bible Verse: The Bible Verse in NIV: "You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness." 1 Thessalonians 5:5
L - Listen for God's Word and Pray: "Dear God, help me to truly understand the significance of being a child of the light and the day. Open my heart and mind to receive your wisdom from this verse. Amen."
E - Explore the History and Meaning: The author of this verse is the apostle Paul, who was writing to the Thessalonian church. He was emphasizing the importance of living as people of the light, not of darkness. This verse is part of a bigger discussion about being watchful, sober-minded, and prepared for the return of Christ. Paul is reminding believers that they are different from those who live in spiritual darkness. As children of the light and day, they should live in a manner that reflects God's truth and righteousness. This means being morally upright, spiritually aware, and living in anticipation of Christ's return.
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases:
"Children of the light and children of the day": This phrase signifies that believers are aligned with God's truth, righteousness, and spiritual awareness.
"Do not belong to the night or to the darkness": This highlights the separation between believers and those who live in spiritual darkness.
S - Summarize and Share:
This verse is a constant reminder of my identity in Christ. It's a verse that carries profound simplicity yet holds the power to transform our outlook on life.
Every morning, the sun rises, and a brand new day unfolds. The darkness of night is replaced by the warm, invigorating light of day. Being a child of the day is similar to waking up to this perpetual sunrise in our hearts.
In a world that is often covered in confusion and shadows, this verse is God's love note to us. It reassures us that we belong to the light, to the day. It means we can navigate life without fear, knowing that God's love and truth will illuminate our path.
This is an extraordinary gift that God has given to us. To be a child of the day is to be part of a divine narrative, where God's love is the prevailing theme. It's a reminder that we can move through life as beacons of His light, guiding others who are lost in darkness.
Today, I woke up with a sense of purpose, knowing that I carry the identity of a child of the day. I am equipped to shine the light of Christ in every area of my life. It's a beautifully simple yet profoundly transformative reality: I am a child of the day, and with God's help, I can radiate His light, bringing hope and clarity to a world that often longs for both.
Let’s think of how we can live as children of the light. Are there areas of our lives where we need to shine God's truth more brightly? Are there situations where we can bring hope and love to chase away the darkness? Never forget that our identity as children of the light carries a responsibility to bring God's light into the lives of others.
4 Bible Cross References:
Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV) "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
Ephesians 5:8 (NIV) "For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light."
1 John 1:5-7 (NIV) "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin."
John 12:36 (NIV) "Put your trust in the light while you have it so that you may become sons of light."