God’s first command during the creation of the world called for light. He commanded light to shine and then separated it from the darkness. “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.” (Gen. 1:3-4) On day four, God fashioned the sun, moon, and starts to light up the sky and divide day and night.
Later, Jesus arrived on the scene and lit up the world in a new way. He proclaimed, “…I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) Jesus offered love, grace, and truth to the people living in the darkness of sin and fear of death.
Jesus also said that those who follow Him are to let their light shine for others to see. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16) If I claim to know Him, people should see something distinctive in my behavior, my conversation, and my life. My character (who I am as Christ follower) should demonstrate the difference between living for Jesus and living apart from Him–a difference as big as day and night.
Lord, I ask for the Holy Spirit to remind me in my daily walk to let Your light shine through me, so that all of my interactions with others glorify You.