By admin in : Discipleship // Aug 31 2010
Luke 12:35 – “Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning.”
Jesus commands two things. First, we are to have our ‘loins girded.’ In Isaiah 11:5, the prophet speaks of the coming Messiah, saying, “And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins.” In Ephesians 6:14, Paul instructs, “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth.” The Apostle Peter goes even farther, teaching us to, “gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
The point is that once Jesus Christ, through His Holy Spirit, commissions us (at the point of Salvation), we are made active members of His Body to carry out His will. In the Army of the Lord, there is no such thing as the Reserve Army that serves but 1 weekend per month. Everyone is called into active service, day in and day out, in and out of season we are to do the work of the Lord. We are to always be dressed for Battle, ready to be deployed when called upon. We are to be actively following our Lord, reading our Training Manual (the Bible), going to training classes at Church. Sunday School, Bible Studies, personal times of study, meditation and memorization so that we may be equipped for every good work the Lord has saved us for.
Secondly, Jesus tells us that our lights should be burning. He repeats this command several times. He does so in Matthew 5:16 when He says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
It is the Holy Spirit that powers the Light inside us. When people see our attitudes and acts of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance, they should see Jesus in us. Jesus never had to go and search for people to preach to. People were drawn to Him, because of the light that is inside Him. If we purify and cleanse ourselves through confessing our sins to Him and by washing in the Word, and mastering the art of forgiveness, we will be able to let the Light of Christ shine cleanly through us.