Lazarus (8) Light Work

You are to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Carry Light, and carry it well.

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John 11:9-10 – Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.  But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

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When I speak today of “light work,” I am not writing about easy work, but the kind of work that needs to be done in the light – light work.  I am writing about the work of the Lord to which we are all called.  The true work of the Lord HAS NEVER BEEN, IS NOT NOW BEING, NOR WILL IT EVER BE DONE IN DARKNESS.  God is Light, and if you’re involved in His work, it must be cone in Light, for He is directly involved in it.  Now read our Text for Today once more, and consider the words of our Lord.  Keep in mind that Jesus’ disciples warned Jesus that some of the Jews in Judaea had sought to stone Him while He was there previously.  In short, they meant to kill Him.

Jesus said He was the light of the world as long as He was in the world.  And having departed this world in His glorified body, He has made His body, the Church, to be the light of the world.  There is a time coming when the Church will be taken out of this world, and in that time there will be terrible darkness upon mankind.  But even then, in all that darkness, Father has a plan to bring light to the hearts of men.  Oh how He loves us!  But while Jesus walked with His disciples, He was the light of the world, and in that light, there was work to do from which He would not shirk.  He expects the same of us today.  Yes, there is darkness in the world, but we, the Church, are the light of the world, and as long as that light shines, we have work to do that we must not shirk.

Let us keep in mind that what we do for the Lord, “light work,” will never be forgotten.  It may not always be open to the eyes of man, but our Father will NEVER forget it.  IT WILL BE REMEMBERED!   Much of what a believer does is to be used in this present world as a witness to the power of God.  Jesus said we are to let our light so shine that men could see our (light) works, and glorify our Father.  It’s it time for the Church to step out and be bold, even in the face of danger, hatred, mockery, ridicule, and persecution.  I am fully convinced that it is the will of God for each of His children to ALWAYS walk in complete victory, but victory is NOT the absence of persecution.  If Jesus was hated and persecuted, so shall we be.  But the Bible does not say, having done all to stand, collapse.  It said to stand.  So STAND! 

Manna for Today – John 11:1-46; John 9:5; Matthew 5:14; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; Hebrews 6:10

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