The Light Fills us First
By Marcel Rebiai
“Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.” Luke 11: 35-36
This world is hungry for light! And there are few who shine as lights in the darkness. This is why the darkness spreads; across the world lawlessness, ego, indifference, and godlessness are taking hold, and engulfing the souls, of those for whom the Son of God died. Will we face the challenge to which we have been called: to be the light of Jesus in this world? Or will we stand accused of having forsaken Him, as the prophet Isaiah saw:
“I looked, but there was no one to help, and I wondered that there was no one to uphold; therefore my own arm brought salvation for me; and my own fury, it sustained me” (Isaiah 63:5)?
Being a light in the darkness carries a price because we will be the first to be affected by the light. God wants our own lives to exude His light; therefore everyone who takes on this challenge and says “I want to be a light” will experience God first shining His light through their own lives. We can fool each other, but we can’t fool God. Neither can we fool the darkness. The darkness will not be dispelled simply by meaningless piety.
For us to be lights, God will clean up our lives and rearrange them. What are our priorities and our goals in life? How do they differ from the goals of those who do not know God? How is the kingdom of God visible in our life goals? It is important that we ask ourselves these questions so we can drive back the darkness through our lives.
This devotional is taken from the book To See God by Marcel Rebiai. If you would like to order your own copy, please email us here, [email protected].
Marcel Rebiai is a board member of Revive Israel, and is inspiration for our community. Marcel was born in Algiers in 1953. He came to Switzerland as a war orphan and received faith in Jesus in his youth, which changed his life and made him a messenger of God’s love in Jesus. Since then, he has been faithfully working for the building of the community of Messiah. Marcel is the founder of the “Community of Reconciliation”, an organization that works for reconciliation between Jews and Arabs based on God’s forgiveness and love in Christ. Marcel teaches in various settings around the world about the love that God revealed to us in Jesus, a love that enables reconciliation. Marcel has been living in Jerusalem for the last 30 years, is married to Regula, and has four children and eleven grandchildren.