You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:13-14
Back in the olden days of childhood, I was not a fan of darkness. I will give credit where it is due. The reason I was afraid of the darkness was because we were a “scaring” family. Any chance we had to scare each other, we would take full advantage. One of the greatest scare tactics is darkness. We tend to be more afraid of what we cannot see coming at us. I grew up in Burgaw and without light pollution, I learned what true darkness can look like.
The antics we utilized to scare each other led to me not being able to sleep without the help of a night light. It was not a little kid night light; it was a glow-in-the-dark globe I received from my dad so I could map out where he was during his deployments. I was dependent upon the night light to help me sleep because it got rid of some of the darkness.
Fast forward a few years, and I have grown out of the night light phase and can thrive in my sleep, even when it is dark as can be. I eventually got to the point in school where I learned about the characteristics of light and dark, and I was hooked on what I learned.
Science defines darkness as the absence of light, which means darkness does not overpower the light. We often refer to having “battles” of darkness versus light in the world, but according to science, there is no battle. Light always wins. The only way darkness gets an advantage is when we allow darkness to win, or we keep the light away. A match in the darkest room still chases away the darkness. While all of this information is great when it comes to night light application, this information also provides incredible insight into our spiritual life.
Light is a prominent subject throughout the Bible. Today’s passage refers to us as the light of the world. The reason we can be lights of the world is because Jesus is the light (John 8:12). When Jesus died on the cross and then resurrected, He left His Holy Spirit to be our helper. It is His Holy Spirit within us that gives us the chance to reflect His light.
The unfortunate reality of this world is we see a good bit of darkness. There are some days where our hearts break at the darkness we see in the news, or even in our own neighborhoods. We see it, and we often ponder, “Why would God allow darkness to be in that place?” I feel as though a better question should be, “Why have I not found a way to shine His light in the darkness?”
For those of us who are walking with Jesus, we have the power source of the Holy Spirit within us every step of the way. We should not be worried or paralyzed by the darkness around us, rather we should step into any darkness with His light, knowing the darkness will get chased away. Remember, there is no battle to be fought, the light always wins.
His light is with us everywhere we go, and that reality should spur us to those dark places. As light-carriers we should take bold and courageous steps to chase away the darkness. If we desire to see the darkness flee, we need to walk to it. Everything we say and everything we do has the chance to reflect Jesus’ light to those around us. It is up to us whether or not we let the darkness continue to have a hold on the places around us.
How does the truth about the power of light influence your view on the battle between light versus dark?
What ways can you begin to take Jesus’ light into the darkness around you?
Father, thank you for Your light that shines so purely and brightly. I am grateful You sent Your Spirit to be a light of hope in my life. It is only because of You that I can shine and show others Your light. I pray You help me see the areas of darkness You want Your light to shine in, and give me the boldness to take those steps. I love You Father, and pray in Your holy name, Amen.
PC3 writer Davy Nance wrote today’s devotional.