by Mike Ratliff
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain. Philippians 2:14-16 (NASB)
The more I study the End Times or Eschatology the more I understand how important it is for us to walk before the Lord right now as spirit-filled, obedient believers no matter what our circumstances are. Why? Carefully read that passage I placed at the top. Are we not living in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation? Oh my yes, but our calling is to appear here in this world as lights and we do this by holding fast to the word of life, that is, we walk before our Lord living Godly, obedient, lives that are marked by repentance. We should walk this way knowing that time is short and God is using us to bring more and more into the Kingdom.
This devotional from Spurgeon’s Morning by Morning for September 6 nails this. Please take it to heart.
C. H. Spurgeon
“In the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”—Philippians 2:15.
We use lights to make manifest. A Christian man should so shine in his life, that a person could not live with him a week without knowing the gospel. His conversation should be such that all who are about him should clearly perceive whose he is, and whom he serves; and should see the image of Jesus reflected in his daily actions. Lights are intended for guidance. We are to help those around us who are in the dark. We are to hold forth to them the Word of life. We are to point sinners to the Saviour, and the weary to a divine resting-place. Men sometimes read their Bibles, and fail to understand them; we should be ready, like Philip, to instruct the inquirer in the meaning of God’s Word, the way of salvation, and the life of godliness. Lights are also used for warning. On our rocks and shoals a light-house is sure to be erected. Christian men should know that there are many false lights shown everywhere in the world, and therefore the right light is needed. The wreckers of Satan are always abroad, tempting the ungodly to sin under the name of pleasure; they hoist the wrong light, be it ours to put up the true light upon every dangerous rock, to point out every sin, and tell what it leads to, that so we may be clear of the blood of all men, shining as lights in the world. Lights also have a very cheering influence, and so have Christians. A Christian ought to be a comforter, with kind words on his lips, and sympathy in his heart; he should carry sunshine wherever he goes, and diffuse happiness around him.
Gracious Spirit dwell with me;
I myself would gracious be,
And with words that help and heal
Would thy life in mine reveal,
And with actions bold and meek
Would for Christ my Saviour speak.
Soli Deo Gloria!