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Command 4 : Let Your Light Shine | Day 23

Check Your Brightness!

The second quality about light that is vital for daily success is its incompatibility with darkness. Just as God separated the light from the darkness on the first day of Creation, so He wants to separate the children of light from the children of darkness.

To the degree that we try to partake of the world, we diminish our brightness.

God identifies all people as members of one of two categories: “children of light" or "children of darkness." He states to believers, "Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness” (I Thessalonians 5:5). We became children of light at salvation when God “delivered us from the power of darkness, and ... translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son" (Colossians 1:13).

As children of light, we are to live on a higher level than the children of darkness. We are to “walk in love.... For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.... Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:2, 8).

In I Corinthians 5, Paul explains that we will have interaction with unbelievers through the course of daily responsibilities. However, in these contacts, we are to be light to them. Beyond this, he makes the following appeal: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? ...Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord...” (II Corinthians 6:14, 17).

A "dim" believer has too much light to be welcomed by the children of darkness and not enough brightness to be comfortable with the children of light. What a dilemma!

This instruction has a profound application to business associations, because one of the characteristics of a person in darkness is greed. Jesus warned that if the light of one's eye became evil [greedy], his whole body would be full of darkness. (See Matthew 6:22-23.)

Is the brightness of your witness being dimmed by the influences of the world? If so, ask God for wisdom today to "come out and be separate."

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

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Contributing writer: Bill Gothard