“I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark” (John 12:46).
This is the promise to those who follow Jesus. I am trusting His word on this that He’ll keep me in His kingdom of light.
For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. (Ephesians 5:8-9)
This is the hope we have—that the Light we follow leads us to truth and life and right living. I am trusting this too.
As a result of following Jesus, we also have a treasure entrusted to us.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.”
But He also says to His disciples of all ages, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).
As children of God, His Spirit burns within us.
What? In this jar of clay? His Spirit here, in my cracked and broken and misshapen life? Why would He choose me to bear His light?
On my own, I’m pretty worthless when it comes to showing God’s goodness to the world. What about you?
So this is also a part of our hope: That God’s light and good news shine through our cracked and broken lives, “showing others the goodness of God” (1 Peter 2:9).
I am not the person I used to be, and I hope that those who know this know that it is only because of God’s power that I have a new life.
This is what I desire, Father—that Your light shines through my life.
Light a lamp for me, Lord, my God!
Light up my darkness!
(from Psalm 18:28)
MORE to ponder: Psalm 18:28; Psalm 27:1; Psalm 36:7-9; Psalm 56:13; Psalm 80:3; Isaiah 9:1, 2; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 8:22; Matthew 4:16; Matthew 5:14-16; Luke 1:78-79; Luke 2:32; John 1:4-5, 9; John 3:18-21; John 8:12; John 9:5; John 10:10; John 12:35-36, 44-46; John 12:50; 2 Corinthians 4:6-7; Ephesians 5:8-9; Colossians 1:13-14; Philippians 2:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:5; 1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Timothy 1:9-10; 1 Peter 2:9-10; 2 Peter 1:19; 1 John 5:20