“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

John 9:5


Light is the essence of life. The description “light of the world” conveys a responsibility that Christ places on the shoulders of His followers. In a world full of evil and spiritual darkness, this becomes an increasingly vital responsibility for His people. (Philippians 2:15).

Being labeled as “the light of the world” isn’t just a fancy title or a nice-sounding phrase. Instead, it’s to be a description that affects every aspect of how we live our lives. Christians are called out of this dark world, and we are to walk “as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).

We are to have nothing to do with the darkness that dwells in the surrounding world (1 Thessalonians 5:5). Our light has to shine brightly, regardless of the situation.

Our light should affect those who are around us positively and not just the people we personally know. Sometimes, our example can have a great impact on people who quickly pass through our lives — the restaurant waiter, the hotel receptionist, a chance visitor in the workplace etc.

Peter said that our example should be such that those we encounter “may, by [our] good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:12). Be the light wherever you find yourself.

Further Study: John 1:5, John 8:12, Matthew 5:16

Charge: Anywhere light is, darkness disappears. Put an end to the work of darkness wherever you find yourself. Be the light your world needs

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