This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in Him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:5-7 NLT
Darkness only exists in the absence of light. The dimmest light can illuminate the blackest darkness. It only takes a flickering match to make a difference.
In our darkest days of disillusionment and despair, there is a Light that shines with hope and healing. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12 NLT)
Jesus also said that we are the light of the world . . . a city on a hill that is not hidden . . . a source of light to a darkened house . . . a story of God’s good work. (Matt 5:14-16)
We Receive The Light Through Experiencing His Glory. Because of Our Savior, we have shifted from a kingdom of darkness to a Kingdom of Light. With that move comes a metamorphosis . . . we begin to change from the inside out . . . His glory begins to grow. Paul reminds us, “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—Who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.” (2 Cor 3:18 NLT)
We Respond To The Light By Embracing His Grace. John illustrates the undeniable link between Jesus evidencing God’s light and our embracing God’s grace. He writes, “In Him (Jesus) was life, and the Life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV). He continues, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 ESV) And, the conversion is complete, “For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” (John 1:16 ESV). From His glory, we receive grace. From His supply, we are saved. Grab on to His grace, today.
We Reflect The Light By Expressing His Goodness. Without any hesitation, Jesus tells us, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden . . . In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt 5:14, 16 ESV). Too often, we shine our “light” to fellow light-bearers instead of to those in darkness. Our focus can be to reassure the redeemed instead of rescuing the perishing. We comfort the delivered instead of caring for those who are spiritually dying. When we radiate His light, we reveal His person. When we embrace His grace, we express His goodness. Just as Jesus came to seek and to save those who are lost, He calls us to the same.
In 1920’s Henry Dixon Loes, who studied at the American Conservatory of Music wrote these words, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” We are reminded to not hide our light under a bushel, to not let Satan blow it out and to let it shine ’til Jesus comes.
The Light of His presence is shining on us, today. Let His light shine in you, on you and through you . . . let His light define you.