Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 1, 2022

Essential Light

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

One of the many (many) things I love about living in Florida is the presence of all the fruit trees randomly growing in people’s yards—oranges, lemons, limes, and other interesting citrus types I’ve never seen before. (As I write this, my mouth is watering in anticipation of the oranges ripening on our neighbor’s tree, which hangs over our fence…so those oranges are technically ours, am I right? Actually, these particular neighbors don’t like citrus, so all the fruit from their three citrus trees will be ours, but I digress.)

Why are these fruit trees so prevalent in sunny Florida? Well, they require full sun (6-8 hours/day) to flourish. Even a few too many hours of shade can negatively impact the rate of growth, fruiting potential, and cold resilience of the trees. Light is essential.

This is a beautiful analogy for believers. All people are born into darkness—all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Not only are we in darkness and of the darkness, we are darkness (Ephesians 5:8). But, by accepting the amazing gift of grace provided by Jesus—the Light of the world— He rescues us from the darkness (Colossians 1:13; John 8:12; 1 Peter 2:9). We move into in the Light, become of the Light…we are Light (Ephesians 5:8).

And, as a result of this surrender to salvation, we are given the Holy Spirit to live in us, so that we have the power to live out our new reality…we produce fruit (Ephesians 5:9). Not lemons and limes, but love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). We live fruity lives—not to earn God’s grace and love, but in response to it.

But friend, like those luscious trees, we cannot produce this fruit without exposure to Light! Those trees need to be in the sun, and we need to be in the Son. And although we are in the Light and of the Light once saved, fruit is not automatically produced! We have to maintain daily “Son exposure”—we have to spend time with Him (He is the Light) and in His Word—it is light to us (Psalm 119:105). Moreover, also analogous to fruit trees, we cannot risk exposure to the darkness. Participating in the darkness (sin) of our old life, will—like with the tree—negatively impact our growth in the Lord, our fruiting potential, and our resilience to the attacks of the world and Satan (Psalm 1:1; Proverbs 22:24-25; Ephesians 5:11). Light is essential.

One more fact about those delicious fruit trees: if they don’t have any sun, they will die. Friend, the same is true of us. If we don’t have the Son—Jesus Christ—we will surely die (Romans 6:23). What about you? Are you living in the darkness right now? Won’t you step into the Light of Jesus, repenting and accepting the free gift of salvation and reconciliation with God? I promise, your soul will flourish. If you are already a believer, how fruity is your life? If you’re not producing the kind of fruit you want, be intentional about spending sweet time basking in the Son and nourishing your soul with the light of God’s Word.

“Lord, You are the Light of the world. If anyone reading this has the weight of darkness upon them, turn their heart toward You and transform them from darkness to light, giving them everlasting life in You.”


For His Glory


Julianne Winkler Smith
TRBC Women’s Life

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