Light of the World Forever Reign

“You are more, You are more, Than my words will ever say, You are Lord, You are Lord, All creation will proclaim, You are here, You are here, In Your presence I'm made whole, You are God, You are God, Of all else I'm letting go…I'm running to Your arms, I'm running to Your arms, The riches of Your love, Will always be enough, Nothing compares to Your embrace, Light of the world forever reign” (Forever Reign).

The words of this song are both beautiful and true. Because of who Christ is, we are able to be made whole, to run and abide in Him, to know the depth of the riches of His love for us. He will always be enough to us, as He truly is the light of the world. Truly He does have all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18). “For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For ‘God has put all things in subjection under his feet.’ But when it says, ‘all things are put in subjection,’ it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him” (1 Cor. 15:25-27).

For Christ to be our Lord, we must acknowledge His authority over all things, including our lives. We must be willing to let go of all else, to allow His influence in every phase of our lives. For Him to accomplish everything He desires for us, we must be aware of our surroundings, of what is happening in life, of what part we allow Him in the happenings of our lives. Do we think about how He would have us respond in our roles at home? Do we take His presence seriously at work, in how we reflect Him in how we interact with others? When we find ourselves being tempted, do we consult His word to help us find strength and determination to overcome? Is He part of every aspect of how we live? He wants to help us, and will, if we are conscious of His presence, of His will. 

Paul reminded the disciples in Ephesus, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (5:15-17). To the church at Rome, he encouraged them, “Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light” (13:11-12). Peter similarly told those scattered about “to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God” (1 Pet. 4:2).

To hear and sing of the love of God in Christ, to contemplate the richness of His blessings for us, to seek after the beauty of His life, is the greatest thing we can do. We should never forget such, as Satan will take every opportunity to cause us to forget Him, to be so engaged in the stuff of life we forget what life can be, what our Lord offers us all through our lives. Instead, we should remind ourselves, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8).

May such songs as the one referenced above cheer our hearts that we have such a God and Savior. May we remind each other of all God and Jesus do to help us through each day, and take every opportunity to encourage each other to stay focused on His glory, His comfort, His presence, His promises, all that He offers to get us from here to eternity. “I'm running to Your arms, I'm running to Your arms, The riches of Your love, Will always be enough, Nothing compares to Your embrace, Light of the world forever reign.” 

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice.”

Robert Johnson