Light Switch

2nd June

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who 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

In the beginning the world was dark and void until God’s words flipped a switch and there was light. While it may be hard to imagine a world without light, we have experienced other types of darkness: discouragement, disappointment, and sorrow to name a few.

Trusting God in the darkness is difficult. We pray for Him to instantly change our circumstances; and while He sometimes does, we often find ourselves waiting for Him in a hard place. Paul was familiar with waiting and challenges. In 2 Corinthians 4:7-15, Paul describes being persecuted and struck down. Instead of requiring God to intervene with a bright light from heaven, which he had experienced before on the road to Damascus, Paul patiently relied on God to sustain him. Although unseen, God’s goodness, presence, and strength were at work. Paul knew that having God in his life was enough. God was all the light he needed.1

Even in the dark times, God is still the light that leads us to safety and hope. May we trust in His guidance, trust that He is the light of the world, and trust that His light live in our lives.

1Taken from David Jeremiah, Daily devotions, 1st June 2016

Turn The Light On

30th December

..God’s Light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the Light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the Light and refuse to go near it for the fear their sins will be exposed.

John 3:19b – 20

According to some, the scientific definition of darkness is the ‘absence of light’, rather than darkness just being the opposite of light. This can be demonstrated when in a room, which has no light, a match is lit and the brightness begins to dominate the darkness and bring light to the room. Moreover, light exposes the darkness, reveals what is hidden and shows what cannot be seen when there is no light.

Interestingly, have you ever tidied your desk under the watchful eye of a desk lamp? You will soon realise that the desk is more dusty than you first imagined. As you begin to move things around, the dust particles are exposed by the light and it is revealed that.. you have a lot of cleaning to do!

The same principle can be adopted into God’s Kingdom. In fact, it is actually rather a principle we have adopted from Jesus’ teaching. Jesus, the Light of the world, came to this earth and through His teaching, acts and deeds, exposed man’s sinful nature by bringing light into what was and is a dark world. However, Jesus’ light wasn’t to tell us how bad we are and to point fingers at us but rather it was a way to get back onto the right the path, almost like a lighthouse protects boats from crashing into mountains and rocks.

Unfortunately many avoided the Light, not wanting their dark deeds to be exposed and for that reason, continue to live in darkness, headed towards danger. However, there are many that accepted the Light and now follow the path to eternal life. For those of us who have accepted the light, we now also stand as a beacon of Jesus, bringing hope and light to the darkness that we see around us everyday. Let your light shine bright for the King.. May we sing together ‘Shine, Jesus Shine’, ‘Blaze, Sprit Blaze’, let our hearts be set on fire for YOU!

The Light Of The World

9th December

The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

John 1:4-5

Often, Jesus’ life has a reputation of someone that came to give more rules and regulations as to how people should live. However nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus came to this world to show us what love truly is, how to re-align our attitudes and lifestyles to live as loved children of God and how to love others with the same love we are loved with. Jesus even went against the common teaching of His day to prove that point. In summary, Jesus came not to bring more religion but freedom from religion and a pathway to a relationship with God.

Moreover, it is the light that shone through Jesus’ words, deeds and character that broke the chains of darkness, shattered peoples pre-conceptions of what God looks like and demonstrated a greater power than had ever been seen through His wondrous miracles and teachings. Jesus did not come to sit back and have a nice life, but rather He came to show us God on Earth! He came truly to bring a light that can never be extinguished. So much so that even today, it the midst of what may seem like a darker world than that of Jesus’ time, even still, that light shines so much more brightly. Why? Because that light is in all believers who have accepted the love of Christ and are willing to be changed by His grace.

Let us remember that the light of the world came to bring life, and that life and light now lives in our hearts. Let us shine brightly before Him to bring glory to His Name and share His love and light with others. After all, His light can never be extinguished!!

The Light Of The World

3rd June

…and His life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”

John 1:4b-5

Light has so many characteristics. It shines to give light in the darkness, it exposes unclean places that have been neglected and gives direction in unknown places. When Jesus came into the world He accomplished all of the above.

Light in darkness

Sometimes it almost feels like this world is becoming a darker place, when in actual fact, it is not so much that darkness is filling the earth but rather there seems to be an absence of light. Moreover, darkness in and of it itself is actually only the absence of light. When we say it is dark, what we really mean to say is that the light cannot be seen. If Jesus is the light of the world and Jesus lives in us, then we should be shining brightly for all the world see. As Jesus rightly said in Matthew 5, “no one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket!” The amazing thing is, John tells in verse 5 that the light we possess can never be extinguished. We are always on the winning side. Don’t hide your light. Let it break through the darkness in this world.

Exposes unclean places

Jesus came into the world not to condemn us but that through Him we may saved. Yet Jesus’ perfection and Jesus’ light was so strong and so bright, that it exposed our sin, not to condemn us but rather to help us realise that we are the sick ones in need of a doctor and in need of saving. The light of Jesus exposed the darkness in our hearts so we could and can repent of our sin and be full of Jesus’ light.

Gives direction

Jesus’ light, as mentioned above, was never meant to be put under a basket. We must let our light so shine before men “so that everyone will praise our Heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:16). Any light that we possess is to guide people back to the Father. When Christians take authority in dark places, atmospheres change, darkness is exposed and the Name of Jesus Christ in lifted up, bringing glory to the Lord of all creation. Don’t hide your light but rather let it shine so bright. Darkness never wins and can never extinguish light.