Scripture is awash with word pictures and statements concerning light. One of my favorites comes from the beautiful opening verses of John: “In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (1:4-5).”
Jesus, the Word, being God, is the source of all life and light; it can only come from Him. He expels the darkness, our own spiritual ignorance and sin as well as opposition from the enemy. And the Bible promises us that darkness can not overcome Him. We, you and I, dwelt in darkness until the light of our wonderful Savior shined in our hearts and minds through the work of the Holy Spirit, giving us life. But He doesn’t only give us life, He also continually gives us light. He enables us to participate in His divine nature, making us holy bit by bit, the fact of which just blows my mind. Like my spotlight, the Light protects us but it also allows life to flourish and grow. When we live within the light of Christ, we slowly become the light of Christ, sanctified by His nature in us.
Now sometimes that process of becoming light, becoming holy, is uncomfortable, not quite what we want. I wanted to enjoy the stars and my fire in the darkness, not realizing that the light was what allowed my chickens and plants to continue to grow. If we want to live abundantly as the light of Christ, we must willingly allow the light to continue its work - the hard work of sanctification. We must not put it out, or stifle it.
This week, as you reach for your Bible, stop and pray for a moment. Invite Jesus to do His work. Ask Him to shine a light into the deep corners of your heart and dispel the darkness that lurks within and without. If it feels uncomfortable, lean into it and watch Him shine brightly through you, providing abundant life and growth to you and those around you.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden…in the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:14,16 (NIV)
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