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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“For God, who said, ‘Let your light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”—2 Corinthians 4:6 (HCSB)
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”—1 Peter 2:9 (HCSB)
I don’t know about you, but I love the sunshine and all of its rays. I’m one who delights in basking in the sun and being comforted by the warmth of that marvelous light, even if that means sitting in 97 degree weather. And I’ve recently come to the conclusion that the reason I’m so fond of the warm sunlight is because it points me to the glory of Jesus; it points me to the fact that He is the light of the world that came down from heaven, revealed Himself to us, and continues to do so—and He’ll forever do so for all of eternity.
It’s easy for me to look at light and enjoy it from an onlooker’s perspective. I mean, it’s really not hard to miss because it shines straight into your squinty eyes and immediately changes your temperature. But for some reason, it’s more difficult for me to grasp that the same God who spoke this glorious light into existence has also shone just as gloriously in my heart. But regardless of what I feel, the truth that God’s light is inside me and every believer is no less true.
Thankfully, according to Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians, God is the initiator. We don’t have to muster up some feeling that His light is within us; we simply need to trust that if we’ve believe in His Name and confess Him to be our Lord and Savior, He does in fact generously shine into our hearts. And He does so we might know His glory, which we see when we behold His Son.
The same Creator who spoke the sun, moon, and stars into existence also chose to make His bright, beautiful glory known to our hearts. He chose to reveal Himself to us, His children. I don’t know about you, but that leaves me pretty speechless. And while we might be tempted to ask why a perfect, glorious God would choose to reveal and give Himself to people like us, He tells us plainly in 1 Peter 2:9: He’s made us His own, and He shines into our hearts, so we can proclaim His praises and tell of all He’s done!
So, let us bask in His glorious light, and let us marvel in the reality that He shines this same light into our hearts. But let’s not stop there. Let’s be people who radiate this gospel truth to the world around us and be vessels of God’s glory and light.
Pause: Take time to meditate on the fact that the light of Jesus is alive inside your heart.
Practice: Take a moment to write out the ways in which you’ve seen the Lord call you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Pray: Lord, help this truth sink into to the depths of my heart, and let it shine outward in boldness, proclaiming of all that You’ve done. Amen.