#401 - I HAVE MADE YOU A LIGHT - (26/7/21)
During this LEARNING TO HEAR series I’m taking a different approach to these devotionals. I want to us work harder at searching the scriptures for ourselves. We will use the ‘Come to Jesus Daily’ method below to help us with this. It’s well worth the hard work involved!
“For this is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘ “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.”’ When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad (rejoiced) and honoured the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed. The word of the Lord spread through the whole region.” (Acts 13:47-49)
I’ve included my reflections on today’s text below. However, I encourage you to pray and spend time reflecting (writing can be helpful) using the 5 questions below before reading my thoughts.
i. †GOSPEL - 'Gaze on the cross'- What does this text reveal about salvation through Jesus?
ii. UP – What does this text say about God – His worth, character, attributes, will, promises…?
iii. IN – What does this say about me, the church and how we are to relate? Is there a promise to believe, command to do, attitude to have, something to avoid, is there forgiveness to seek or give?
iv. OUT – What does this say about my community and mission?
v. DO - This has two components. Firstly, list as many possible ways that you can think of that one might apply the text (actions or attitudes). Secondly, hear - Pray about how the Holy Spirit is leading you, specifically, to respond.
It’s worth reading the whole of this chapter to see how Paul presents that gospel.
Jesus is the ‘light’. He brings knowledge of God and reconciliation with God to those in darkness.
“the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.’”(Matthew 4:16)
He ‘brings salvation to the ends of the earth’. In Jesus, all nations are saved. This text also contains the promise that the gospel will go to all nations as Jesus promises,
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." (Matthew 24:14)
God is called ‘the Lord’. They spoke of their mission and message as being by His ‘command’ (See Acts 13:1-4 also). As Lord, He has authority over our lives. They were on this missionary journey because they were obeying the Holy Spirit. We read,
“The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus.” (Acts 13:4)