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October 17, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“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.”—2 Corinthians 4:6 (NLT)
Have you ever tried to walk through your house when it’s pitch black? Let me tell you, it’s no easy task. With nothing to light your way, you’re liable to bump into, step on, or trip over something. Even worse, have you ever—half asleep, heading to the bathroom—run into a drawer from your bedroom dresser that was left open? It’s not exactly the ideal 3am experience . . . and all because you didn’t have a light to guide you.
Did you know that our verse today is a direct antithesis to 2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV), which says, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Satan has placed a blackout blindfold over the eyes of the collective world, to the point that “they look, but they don't really see. They hear, but they don't really listen or understand” (Matthew 13:13 NLT).
But, my friends, there is great news . . . The Lord is in the habit of bringing light into dark places, of shining brilliantly and radiantly into the deepest, pitch-black corners of the world. It’s what we see in the story of creation in Genesis 1:3–5, and it’s what the apostle John expresses in John 1:1–18 and again in 1 John 1:5–10. That’s what Paul is talking about here! Because at one time, they—the apostles and other faithful believers who were preaching the gospel—were blind, but God shone the light and glory of Christ into their hearts and lives, bringing them into His kingdom and presence. And then, they wanted nothing more than to be used by God to do the same for others!
Like Paul, God has brought the light of the gospel into our lives. By His Spirit, our blindfold has been removed, the pitch-black house has been illuminated so we can see clearly the way to God (John 14:6). We don’t have to bump into the walls or step on the Legos—though even with the radiant light of Christ in us, we will still trip up from time to time. And now with this light that God has shone into our hearts, He can use us to shine into the lives of others!
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?
DO: 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 the Lord Jesus. In your interactions, in your attitude, in your work, let your light shine. And then repeat tomorrow . . . and the next day . . . and the next!
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of 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.