Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT)
“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. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
Jesus Christ is the Bright and Morning Star who intended for you and I to be Children of the Light. It is our divine purpose to shine in the righteousness that He provided to us when Jesus gave His Life for us. Light is merely the absence of darkness. Are you afraid of the dark? For some, it is a comfort zone while trying to hide weakness or indiscretions. Jesus calls you the “light of the world like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” Does such a thought make you feel uncomfortable? Please understand that the Glory of God inside of you will not be hidden forever. To truly desire the Will of God and follow the Way of God moves you from the darkness to a lampstand for everyone to see. Jesus came to light up my life whether I desire it or not. I was made for His Glory and to reflect His Light to this dark and dying world. This is my purpose as a Child of the Light.
Psalm 37:5-6 (NLT)
Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
Not every “Christian” is a Child of the Light. Only true believers who commit everything that they do to the Lord will become such a person. Trust Him and He will help you. The Lord will make your innocence radiate like the dawn. Think about the dawn of each day for a moment. There is no hand that visibly pushes the sun into position or pulls back the moon. They do what they were created to do. How many times have you watching the sun rise or set only to be completely overtaken by its beauty simply in fulfilling its purpose? This is the type of glory that the Lord is referring to. Your life will begin to shine as you fulfill your purpose in Christ. The justice of your cause which is fulfillment in Jesus Christ will shine like the noonday sun. People will try to look at the Goodness and Grace covering your life and by mystified especially if they knew you before the Light of God’s Love overtook you. His Favor “shines” in the life of the godly who commit their way to the Lord. ”Light shines on the godly and joy on those whose hearts are right.” (Psalm 97:11) The Light of His Love surrounds those who choose to be god-like and follow the example set forth by Jesus Christ. “Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous. Good comes to those who lend hereThose who are righteous will be long remembered. They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.” (Psalm 112:4-7) See what happens? Just by living in the Light of His Love unafraid as we commit our whole life to following Jesus – things in our life begin to change. As we begin to live what we believe, the darkness is removed from our life and suddenly we have nothing to fear no matter how life is treating us because God is changing every detail into the Good that He has planned for us from the very beginning. To live in the Glory of God is to be a Child of the Light, to live in the Light chases away fear and doubt as His Favor shines on us and in us.
John 1:1-5 (NLT)
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
Let’s try an experiment. Go to the darkest room or closet in your house. Now turn on the light. What just happened? The darkness disappeared. It will happen every time without fail. The darkness cannot remain present in the light. This is a natural and spiritual truth. Jesus Christ is the Light of this world that chases away the darkness left behind by sin. Jesus Christ is the Word, Will and Way of God wrapped in flesh to demonstrate God’s Love for us. As we accept His Love, we become Children of the Light. Darkness has no place in our life. We are limited only by the amount of darkness that we allow to remain after His Glory fills us with His Love. In the early morning, our garage is very dark. Many times, I will go out to the freezer to find that evenings meal. When I open the door and see that it is dark, I will not step out if I cannot see what is on the floor beneath my feet. My mind concocts all kinds of critters and creatures that could be there. Once I turn on the light and see nothing is there, then I step out and finish the task. Children of the Light must learn to go only where the Light is and separate themselves completely from the darkness. This is a process. However, those who decide to live in the Light of His Love will always walk in the Light of Truth set forth as a lamp for our feet so that we never wander into the darkness again. Darkness will never overcome the Light in our life again because we choose not to allow it. “Jesus replied, “My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going. 36 Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.” (John 12:35-36) Walking in the Light may separate you from certain people who once rallied with you in the darkness of the world. But when danger comes – you will not be overtaken by fear or doubt because faith makes the way clear. It is the difference between knowing and seeing your adversary coming in the light versus a surprise ambush in the dark. You will be prepared and ready to overcome the enemy in every situation. Jesus came to lead us out of darkness to permanently live in the Light of His Love. It is our profound privilege as Children of the Light to reflect His Glory in this world. We benefit from such a position even in the darkest times of our life.
2 Corinthians 4:6-10 (NLT)
For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
If you want to be that “pressed-but-not-crushed, persecuted-not-abandoned, struck-down-but-not-destroyed” believer, you must have the Light of His Love shining in your heart. It is the powerful force of God’s Glory which is His Love inside of you that keeps the darkness from overpowering you. It is the only thing that keeps us from being overtaken by the enemy. As we go through tough times, this Light shines through the crevices of our broken heart, the cracks in the façade of perfect people, for all the world to see. What they see will change their life as you resonate joy, love and peace when all hell is breaking loose in your life because you are not afraid but filled with faith, hope and love in Jesus Christ. This is God’s Glory that is His Light inside of you. It will pour out of you and the Light of His Love will be a spark in the dark for many!
Isaiah 60:19-22 (NLT)
“No longer will you need the sun to shine by day, nor the moon to give its light by night, nor the Lord your God will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set; your moon will not go down. For the Lord will be your everlasting light. Your days of mourning will come to an end. All your people will be righteous. They will possess their land forever, for I will plant them there with my own hands in order to bring myself glory. The smallest family will become a thousand people, and the tiniest group will become a mighty nation. At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.”
Children of the Light are not dependent on natural light to prosper. Things do not have to look favorable to believe that they will overcome and succeed in this lifetime. Those choose to live an uncompromisingly righteous life like Abraham will prosper even in their darkest day because the Light they depend on comes from the inside of them. They will harvest where they do not plant. Live in houses that they do not build. The will begin to succeed in everything they do because they have chosen to walk in the Light of God’s Love where His Favor is found. Can you imagine facing each day with confidence that God is working every detail out for our good? No longer fearing bad news or wrong choices, but rather just living in the Love of God designated for our life. Righteousness affords us this luxury. Living in the Light of His Love is to experience the peace that passes all understanding and being engaged with our God who does more than we even think to ask for. This is the life that God designated for each of us and that Christ died for us to have. It would be a shame to live in the darkness when such an existence is more than possible but totally probable for those who are willing to live what they believe. Is that you today? Do you want to step out of the darkness into the Light? Jesus is calling for you to come closer and experience the radiate and warm illumination of His Great Love for us! He wants to light up our life and chase away all darkness including sin, fear and doubt to empower us to live in His Glory! Step out of the darkness into the Light of His Amazing Love today. Claim the lifestyle that His Righteousness allows and you will never want to go back in the night again! Do not hide the Light of His Love that the Lord has invested in you but present your life to Him to be put on a lampstand and show the world that He is the Light of your life forever!
Revelation 22:1-5 (NLT)
Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations. No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.