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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, ‘I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.’”—John 8:12 (NLT)
Do you know what I consider a dangerous exercise in futility? Trying to quietly walk through your house in the dead of night! It used to be easier . . . before kids. But now, random Lego blocks, toys, or even the occasional banana peel—I’m joking on that last one—appears on the very ground I am trying to stealthily walk on. And then there’s this one corner of the bed that I have run into at least three times in the past month trying to avoid the baby’s crib.
But do you know what solves the problem? A little bit of light! You see, when light reveals your path and illuminates the dangers that lurk about, navigating safely and happily becomes just a little bit easier.
In today’s verse, Jesus tells us that He is the light of the world. He is the path—the ONLY path—to illumination and clarity, to revelation and life. Our Lord is in the habit of bringing light into dark places (Genesis 1:3; John 1:4–5), of shining brilliantly and radiantly into the deepest, most pitch-black corners of the world.
It’s what Paul explores in 2 Corinthians 4. As believers, we have been given access to this marvelous light, we can walk in the light and be guided by Him. We don’t ever have to walk in darkness again! Isn’t that a beautiful, amazing reality?
Here’s the thing, though . . . There are so many people around the world, in our city, in our neighborhoods, sometimes in our own homes, who walk around apart from the light of Christ, lost and in darkness. And as believers who have the light of Christ in us, we’re called to shine the light of Christ through us. In fact, Jesus even calls us “the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14 NLT).
God wants to use us today and every day, everywhere we go and everywhere we are, to cast out darkness and bring people into the light. He wants to bring life and hope (light is often used to represent hope) into the hearts of those who don’t yet know Him. Let’s do all we can to shine that light and not keep it hidden!
DIG: How did God first shine His light into your life? Think about the way He called you. Did He use someone else’s light to bring you out of darkness?
DISCOVER: What are you doing with your light today?
DISPLAY: Today is the day to shine your light! As you go about your daily routine, intentionally seek to do things in a manner that glorifies Jesus. In your interactions, in your attitude, in your work, let your light shine. And then repeat this tomorrow . . . and the next day . . . and the next!
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.