In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:4-5
The Bible talks a lot about light, including the fact that the devil masquerades as an angel of light (see 2 Cor. 11:14) in an attempt to deceive and destroy us. The Scriptures also tell us that when we are born again, God delivers us from the power of darkness into the Kingdom of His Son (Col. 1:13). Since it is the devil’s kingdom from which we are delivered when we are born again, then it is obvious that the devil abides in darkness, as do his followers. God, however, is the Source of all light, because “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). As believers, we are called to live and walk in that light, allowing it to shine through us everywhere we go.
I’m reminded of the children’s song about letting our light shine and not hiding it under a bushel. But do we understand how to do that? Are we clear on the fact that apart from God’s Spirit living within us, we have no light to shine on anyone?
Part of the meaning of John 1:5 is that God’s light is greater than the darkness, and there is nothing the darkness can do to snuff it out. If we attempted to shine a light based on our own power or goodness, the devil would annihilate it before it could generate a flicker. But when the light shining through us is the light and life of God Himself, the devil is powerless to stop it.
That’s why it’s so vital to stay “plugged in” to our Source, to daily and regularly spend time with the Father, allowing His light within us to grow brighter, even as we fade away in its glow. Any imagined light apart from the one true God is a counterfeit, and we dare not trust it. The more time we spend in the presence of the true light, the more it will be reflected in and through us, regardless of how dark our situation or circumstance may be.
We are called to let our light shine in the darkness, and we are promised that the darkness will not extinguish that light—so long as it is the true light that originates and blazes forth in the power of God’s Spirit. May that Light shine brightly in us today, as we continue our journey homeward, lighting the way for others to follow….
Copyright 2008 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored seventeen books. Her newest book “Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World” (New Hope Publishers) The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com