what does it mean to be light? February 27, 2015 09:00

Shine Your Light is founded on the verses from Matthew chapter 5:14-16 which calls believers the light of the world and instructs us to shine our light before others so that they may see our good deeds and glorify God.  When we follow Christ, we have His light within us, which we are to make evident to others by the good deeds we do in faith and through the power of the Holy Spirit.  As we dug deeper into this, we realized God has a lot to say about light in the Bible.

GOD IS LIGHT

1 John 1:5 says "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all."  God is the source of our light because God is light.  Light is things that are good and righteous, the opposite of evil.  Light exposes evil and is the opposite of darkness.  Darkness is the absence of light.  In John chapter 8 verse 12, Jesus says "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."  So we know that because we follow Christ, and because God then lives in us, we will always have light.

 

WE ARE TO WALK IN LIGHT

In the Bible, walk is often referred to as a lifestyle and a growing progress.  To "walk in light" as we are called to do in 1 John 1:7, means to grow and mature in holiness and in faith as we follow Jesus.  Our lifestyle, or our walk, should be an obvious witness to the world.  We should live a faithful, God-honoring, trustworthy, earnest, and honest life.  The world should look at us and see Christ. 

Living in light means repenting from our sins because if we walk in light, we cannot walk in darkness, and the light casts out sin to the shadows.  And just as we need physical light to see where we are physically walking, we need Spiritual light, Jesus, to see where we are spiritually walking.

 

SHINE YOUR LIGHT

Shining your light means following Christ, walking in light, living in light, and witnessing to others so that they may see the light.  1 Peter 3:15 reminds us, "always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."  We should not cover up our light, just as you do not hide a lamp under a bowl (Matthew 5:15), but we should make it obvious for the world to see the light and benefit from it so that they too can leave the darkness and come into the light.

Shine Your Light believes we should live God-filled lives loving others, stepping out in faith, and sharing the Gospel.