It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.... I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. 2 John 4-6
God is light. Jesus is the light of the world. And we, in several places throughout His Word, are told to walk in the light. But how do we do this? Or perhaps more importantly, how do we stop from NOT doing it?
For, as is the case in almost everything, there are far more ways to do this WRONG than to do it right. Walking in truth and love - God's truth and God's love - is one path. If you don't stay on that path, there are many, many different ways to go - but each one will take you further from His will and protection for your life. (Matthew 7:13-14)
Staying in the light of His truth and love should be the desire of every believer. For, when we are not in His light, we are in the darkness. That may seem like an obvious statement - but think about it. In Jesus there is no darkness. He gives us the light to direct us, and keep us from the evil one. So why would we NOT want to stay in it?
But we do sometimes - at least I do. The Lord gives me direction, and I get lazy. I plod toward God's will, sure that I will get there eventually - once I finish whatever it is I might be working on. But lagging behind, my friends, keeps me in darkness. I can't follow Someone I can't see.
Other times, I hear His instruction, and I run toward the destination He has for me. I go so quickly, however, that I get ahead of Him - I take the hurdles before He clears my path. And, again, His light is not there, leading my way. I am going on my own power - trying to make His work happen - without Him. How silly is that?
And then, of course, there are the times when I ignore His truth and stay put. Of course I am not in His light then. He doesn't stand there, shining right where I am until I decide to do what He says. It's not about me - it's about Him.
So, friends, abide in Him. Walk in His light. Don't dilly-dally. Don't speed ahead. And don't just sit there. Walk in His truth, in His love - in His light. And stay there.
(and by the way, for a GREAT analogy about walking in His light that totally resonated with me, check out this post at SheReadsTruth by Amanda Williams about 2 John.)