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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”—Matthew 5:14–16 (NIV)
There’s something really cool about seeing darkness chased away by radiant light. Whether it’s a dark room filled with candles or a night sky filled with lanterns, seeing light overtake the dark can be breathtaking.
But why is that? On the first day of creation, God separated light from darkness. And ever since then, the two have been at war with one another. This is also true about the light of Jesus Christ and the darkness of sin in the world. But that war has ended. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus defeated the darkness of sin once and for all and illuminated the world with His grace and forgiveness!
However, it can seem like the world is still a dark place sometimes. Sin still exists and brings pain and suffering to all of us. But Jesus has a plan to bring the hope of the gospel to the world. He has a strategy to illuminate the world one person at a time. And His strategy is . . . YOU! Matthew 5:14 says that you are the light of the world! If you follow Jesus, His light is already present in your life. And you are God’s plan to illuminate the world!
But how? How can you possibly chase away the darkness that exists in the world today? Here are just three ways you can illuminate the world through the power of the gospel:
We pray this Christmas season has been one filled with the love and light of Jesus, and we pray that as you move into a new year that the Lord would bless you and equip you to be the light of the world!