There is a song we sing in church and every time we sing it, something just resonates in my soul. Sunday just passed, we sang it again and as we collectively belted out the deceleration “let there be light”, something hit me.
See, these four words were the first words that we see God speaking. Actually no, these four words were the first words that God commanded. In the beginning the world was formless and in darkness and the first creative act of God is to change this and command light in the darkness. I don’t know how but I had never noticed before the prominence and importance of the fact that God’s primary concern from the beginning was to remove the prominence of darkness in the world. What’s funny though is that God didn’t abolish darkness, instead He showed us clearly His authority over darkness so that we too can come into people’s dark situations and know that, with God their darkness can be transformed into light.
This is such a powerful revelation for us and for me personally. We know that God’s word in our mouth has just as much power and authority as it does in God’s mouth, but when we look at how easily God transformed the situation with four words, do we really walk in that power and with that faith? God said ‘let there be light’ and there was light. When we are leading people who are struggling with tough situations and the darkness seems to be binding them up, we need to realise that in the same way God commanded light and there was light, so can we. After all isn’t this the message of the gospel? How beautifully this original command mirrors Jesus’ command to us to go into all the world and preach the gospel; that Jesus, the light of the world, is here to set them free.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” [John 8:12]
So how does this all relate to Accelerate?
What is great about Accelerate is that we are being discipled to bring light into the world. Our mission as a church, to lead Scotland to Christ, echoes the command of God to bring more light into the darkness. Accelerate equips us to do this.
Paul describes the mission as a race and, as an athlete is coached and trained and pushed to go for more, so Accelerate trains us in the ways of God, coaches us in the application of His principles, and stretches us to allow us to expand our capacity to bring more light and reach more darkness.
Most of all though, Accelerate encourages us to push closer to God because ultimately it is in His strength and His power and His authority that we stand. There is a lot of ￼￼darkness and a lot of people trapped in dark places that need someone to command the light into their situation and we cannot do this without the word of God in our mouth and the spirit of God, which enables us to raise a standard of light against the enemy (Isaiah 59:19).
C7 Accelerate Year 1 Student