“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.” Genesis 1:3-4 ESV
Light and dark. Two opposite sides. Day and night; sun and moon. It’s a part of the natural cycle of life, of the time turn-table. But what about when it comes to your heart? To your soul? To your actions? Well, light or dark turns into good or evil.
“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.” John 3:19-20 ESV
“It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible–and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:12-14 NIV
When you are living in the light, you are truly seen. Your sin is exposed. To be in the light is to be vulnerable and I think it’s safe to say that no human likes to be vulnerable, no matter what. It’s uncomfortable. It can be shameful. None of us like feeling the guilt of having people see our sins. But, when you are in the light, you are able to see that you are not alone, which should be a comfort. In the dark you can’t tell who is there. In the light it will get uncomfortable, but it is always holy.
Living in the light allows for sanctification and community.
“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 ESV
“Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” John 12:35b-36a NIV
Christ Himself is referred to as the Light. The light represents all that is good and pure. God is all that is good and pure and holy. We are told to abide in Him, which means living in the light rather than hiding in the darkness. You cannot abide in Him and live in darkness.
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘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 NIV
“I have come into the world as Light, so that whoever believes in Me may not remain in darkness.” John 12:46 ESV
When we were unredeemed sinners, non-followers of Christ, we lived in darkness. We were it’s inhabitants. But when we become redeemed followers of Christ, the darkness no longer exists for us. We have residency, permanent citizenship, in the light.
“He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people, who live in the light. For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son.” Colossians 1:12b-3 NLT
When you move from darkness to light it calls for a transformation. Living in the light is holy; it purifies us, enabling our sanctification. You’re not only now living in the light, you are called to live like a light.
To live in the light and to live like a light means to throw aside fleshly tendencies, and to turn towards God, living in a manner that both obeys and glorifies Him.
“The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy.” Romans 13:12-13 NLT
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the LORD. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the LORD. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” Ephesians 5:8-11 NIV
As Christians, as little bulbs of light in a world of darkness, we are called to go to the ends of the earth to share His truth; to bring the Light to the most hidden corners of the world.
“We’re meant to be like multicolored Christmas lights attached to one electrical cord called the Holy Spirit and strung strategically all over the earth. Yep, millions of lights on one cord, with the guts to shine more brightly because we know the others are there.” Beth Moore, Voices of the Faithful, Book One
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.” Matthew 5:14-15 NLT
“If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” Luke 11:36 NLT
“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6 NIV
“The Bible is not the light of the world, it is the light of the Church. But the real world does not read the Bible, the world reads Christians! You are the light of the world.” Charles Spurgeon
We are to illuminate with radiance the light of Christ. We are to glow and shine with all the brightness of God’s holiness to a world that desperately needs to see truth displayed. Darkness cannot flee from itself. The only way to rid of it is to shine a light, and we have the privilege to help it shine brighter by living in it and living like the lights we are called to be.
“But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.” Proverbs 4:18-19 ESV
“And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning.” Job 11:17 ESV