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In 2005 when I was recuperating from my illness and spent a lot of time in the bedroom, I found out that there was a re-run of the big-hit drama series from Taiwan. I hadn’t watched it before (honestly, such drama series wasn’t my thing when I was still engrossed with my career), so I was excited to watch it. A good way to pass the time, I thought. But being an obedient baby-in-Christ at that time, I asked counsel from one of the elders in Church, a preacher.
He adamantly counseled me never to watch such kinds of TV shows. And he used Phil. 4:8 to support his stand:
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Phil. 4:8)
I was sad not to be able to watch it, but having read and reread the Word of God then, I knew what he said was true, and so, I never watched it again (or any of its kind).
Followers of Christ, the children of God, must walk in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:7). We are the children of light.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. (Eph. 5:8)
But there is darkness in the world we live in. Sometimes we are pulled into that darkness, the enemy tempting us to dwell there. Slowly, gradually, we are lured by the enemy’s deceptions. Sometimes we are not even aware of it. Where do we set our eyes everyday? Do we stare at the TV drinking in juicy secular shows which trigger in us negative emotions – sensual, impure, worldly? Or videos and movies and the Internet offerings which have the same effect in our psyche?
What do we drink in? Do we strain to be under the light, to be bathed by its brilliance, drinking it in and letting it spread, filling our dark crevices? What do we let penetrate our hearts and souls? Do we drink in things that kindle in us covetousness and materialism and feelings of envy, jealousy, self-pity, bitterness, resentment?
Where we dwell and what we look upon – these are what will make us into becoming – whether of light, the children of light, or of darkness, the children of darkness.
These are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ:
The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. 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 11:34-36)
The children of God dwell in the presence of the Lord where light surrounds them and there is no part dark. They gaze upon His face, drinking in His magnificent brilliance and His light shines through them. He is that light. How bright and glorious is that light they carry and reflect wherever they go!
“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
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