Judged By Sunlight

“That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.” (Phillipians 1:10)

The day of Christ

“One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it…” (Romans 14:5-6b)

Now, Paul is referring to the keeping (or not) of the Sabbath. Something that isn’t necessarily required depending on how and where you met Jesus. Jesus is “the Lord also of the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:28) He said so Himself.

The so-called “Blue Laws” are still in effect in parts of America. Where it’s illegal to work, buy, sell, etc. on Sunday. It’s funny how Saturday is actually the end of the week, though, and Sunday’s its beginning (Saturday’s technically the Sabbath). However, should you work through the observance of the Sabbath to where you really don’t regard the keeping of a certain day–as Paul is referring to in the above passage–consider another more important “day”: The “day of Christ”.

Only going around once

Some Christians are gung-ho for The Rapture. Others decry it as a devil’s lie (which is stupid, in my opinion–preach for something, not against). There are those denominations who are actively looking for “Thy Kingdom come…on earth as it is in Heaven” (don’t forget “Thy will be done” Matthew 6:10) and don’t really care when or how Jesus returns. There are numerous shades across this spectrum and in all things–“approv[ing] things that are excellent”– I believe that a traveling-light paradigm is the order of the day.

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:” (2 Peter 1:19)

Jesus is spoken of above as the “day star aris[ing] in your hearts”. Peter knows what he’s talking about. He’s referring to Jesus becoming real to you in your heart before you worry one whit about how or when or if He’s coming back (He is, He said as much; see John 21:23 et. al.). Because waiting for Christ means so much more than merely “looking busy”. Waiting on Him, day-in and day-out, where it gets ingrained into the fiber of your being, is simply about “looking” for Him. It’s about sitting at His feet (see Luke 10:42) and also walking with Him, about coming unto Him (see Matthew 11:28-30). It’s about knowing Him, now. Not any other time but now. This is what tells. This is how one is “ready”. What are we waiting for?

“And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in Thee.” (Psalm 39:7)

In closing, the word “sincere” in the top verse has the Greek connotation of “judged by sunlight”. Let the light of God shine on you by taking your life and all its constituent parts to Jesus. That there is enough for one lifetime. You’ll be so busy walking and talking and enjoying the Lord that you won’t really care about then, all you’ll really care about is now. And Him. And not in that order.

4 thoughts on “Judged By Sunlight

  1. Let me see after walking with Christ some 24 years I have become content knowing He is all I need for today. Tomorrow well that is His, if says go here I go if He says come up here I come. All I want is to be is with Him and while I am here I will always be talking about His love and helping who I can. Maybe I am too content?

    1. Nah. That’s brilliant. That’s the whole point. Jesus is all—He’s the singularity. I do find, however, that there are always going to be depths to which He leads us that require our getting to know Him ever better. That’s life.

      Thanks for the comment. Blessings to you!

      1. Josh, It is good to meet you! Apologist make a bit uncomfortable I feel as tho I should saying I am sorry all the time. My father believed he would see the Rapture in his life time he passed away three years ago. I have come to the point I just do not care i would just love to see men of God be real men of God again. Not afraid to say that is a sin I will have no part of it. So I spend a lot of time trying to men to pray in unity it is like hit head upon a rock but it feels good! God bless you too, James

      2. With reference to your dad, I wish you the best. Paul said to ‘depart and be with Christ is far better’. with ref to the men’s group, keep going James. I tried the same thing a year or so ago and it didn’t seem to pan out like I’d hoped. Doesn’t mean it can’t be done! Guys need other guys. As friends, companions, sounding boards, etc.

        It is indeed nice meeting you too. I’ll be thinkin’ of and prayin’ for ya! Have a great night.

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