“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” -John 1:5
Think of a lamp. God is like the light bulb, the source of light, and we are like the lampshade. Sounds silly but stay with me. 1 John 1:5 says “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” -1 John 1:5.
God dwells within you. While we can not look directly at God’s face and His absolute holiness and power as Exodus 33:20 says, His glory can manifest through you and I. So as much as you are able to allow God’s light to shine through you, His glory will be revealed to the world. -Jesus said “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” -John 9:5 Jesus also said that “You are the light of the world.”-Matthew 5:14
Did you know there is no measure of darkness? You can measure light but you cannot measure darkness. Darkness is simply an absence of light. So knowing that Jesus is the light of the world and that Jesus is the light in you, what implications does it have on your life? Do you still choose to live in darkness?
Christ is longing to shine into your heart and your life. His desire is to permeate the darkest places of your heart and overflow into world around you. Others should be drawn to the light inside of you. The problem is, most of us live as if the verse says, “the light shines in the darkness, but there’s still a lot of darkness.” Sure, there’s darkness everywhere and there is a lot of evil going on around us. Jesus focused on being the light in the lives of those He surrounded Himself with. If You have the light of Jesus in your life. Darkness cannot measure against it. Ephesians 5:8 says “For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” Which means the only thing that limits how much light you receive is you. It’s time to receive and become the light He has freely given. We are like the lampshade to God’s light; the thinner the lampshade is, the more the light will shine through us. So let yourself become more transparent, so that God’s light will shine more brightly into the world, and so the world will not be able to ignore it! John 3:30 says “He must become greater; I must become less.”
Father God, I choose to live in the light and to allow the light to shine through me. May darkness flee within me and around me. I ask that you would shine ever brighter in me and through me. In Your name I pray, Amen.