HOW DO WE REALLY BECOME GOD’S LIGHT IN THE WORLD
Most of us have had the experience of walking into a dark room and immediately searching for the switch to turn on the light. In some cases, we were the little kids who were afraid of the pitch black night so we slept with a nightlight. We’ve had, as they say, the “lightbulb” moment when an idea or solution to a problem suddenly sparked in our minds and we were plunged into energetic action. Whether we recognize it or not we know the sense of comfort, safety, delight and relief we find in experiencing light in its different forms. We, as God’s children in the world should be the shining light burning brightly and passionately to lead all the lost, burdened and weak to His radiant light.
Picture this account- in the beginning, the world was without form, still, and dark. God then uttered the words “Let there be light”, instantaneously bringing brightness into the story of creation, made to reveal all the goodness He intended to bring to life. There’s also the creation of the sun, moon and stars which were made to rule over day and light which today we can enjoy.
The purpose of light is to illuminate, make visible, to bring to life, ignite and to bring out things out of darkness. In much the same way, God’s word does all these things for our lives. One can say, He is the flashlight or lamp passed down to us to use in order to navigate effectively through our lives.
Psalm 119:105 wonderfully encompasses this by saying: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. We can only truly have our plans and paths directed by God if we spend intimate time with Him to get to know who He is and for Him to personally reveal His purposes for us.
God’s Word teaches that Jesus is the true light of the world and that through Him we are to be His light in the world (John 1:6 -13). This means if we look to His examples and ways we can learn how to be His shining light in the world in our everyday lives. In contrast and elaborately stated, without God and His Word to guide and direct us, we are just like people on a long lonely car ride with no headlights in the middle of a dark night.
By understanding the above, we can see there is so much we can learn from light which in principle can be applied to our daily lives:
1. Light starts with a spark then grows and glows – Much like the tiny spark that ignites and lights up brightly in a bulb, sometimes our faith story may seem like it starts insignificantly but the more we grow in our relationship with God, the more naturally it becomes for us to shine His light.
2. Light isn’t made to hide, it’s meant to radiate and illuminate – Too many times we may have found ourselves in situations where we’ve deliberately dimmed or hidden who we are as not to be judged or offend others hiding the light God has placed in us to shine. A dimmed down version of ourselves is never what God has called us to be, He wants us to shine our God light unapologetically. Don’t be afraid to be God’s full package.
3. Light is associated with goodness – Imagine when people speak about you, what are some of the first associations they would reflect on or bring to light? In essence, the things that people say should be of good report and be associated with goodness because this is who God has called us to be.
Finally, know this: You, as God’s very own special creation, were meant to shine His glory in all your works that others may come to learn of who He is. So take the light that has purposefully been placed within you and go out into the world to shine brightly. Make it such that your life and all He has fashioned you to be, becomes an account of His goodness wherever you go!
Be encouraged by reading Luke 11:33-36 and Matthew 5:16.
Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Joy Sibanyoni is a self-proclaimed Jesus girl from South Africa. Daughter of the only true King, she lives for spreading the message of God's grace and love. She's a university graduate and leader of Project Any Girl focused on sharing and celebrating real inspirational life stories. A few of her favorite things are reading, traveling, good food and taking long naps on any day!
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