Topic: Matthew 5:14
In the Bible darkness is synonymous with ignorance, deceit, and evil in general, whereas light represents righteousness, truth and understanding.
Jesus told the people, "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). This was one of the ways that Jesus revealed Himself as our hope and salvation -- our only way to God in this evil world.
Yet, Jesus didn't stop there. He knew that He was on earth physically for only a short time. Thus Jesus told his followers, "You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going" (John 12:35).
Jesus came to show that He is the way to God. He brought light into a world full of pain, evil and hopelessness. Then He let His disciples know that they too could show the way to God, by trusting in Jesus.
"Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light" (John 12:36).
We are called to be people of light. Not people who merely do good things, but people who through faith in God become part of God's family -- children of light. Then, when through the Holy Spirit, honesty, integrity and truth shine through everything we do and say, we will show the way to God.
~God, I want to be a child of light. Help me to trust in You, so that You can produce in me the character qualities that reveal who You are.
How does knowing that Jesus called himself "the light of the world" and then called us, his followers "the light of the world" affect you? How has God been at work in your life to better let His light shine?