‘Let there be light’ (Genesis 1:3 NIV)
The first words that God uttered after creating the world are recorded in the Bible as being;
“Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3 NIV).
Is there a reason that these were the first words? We do not know, but without light, we know that there is only darkness, and in the dark we cannot see, no matter how many carrots we eat.
God created the light, and once it was created, he then separated it from the darkness, so now, we have day and we have night.
We need light in order for us to function; there is a reason that during the night-time, we rest. We need light to see, and God knew this, and so because of this, light was and is important.
As Christians, part of what we are meant to do, is to take the light of God into an otherwise dark world; ‘Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl’ (Matthew 5:14 NIV).
God not only knows what is good for us, he knew before we were created, the Psalmist David knew this, for he wrote;
‘Your eyes saw my unformed body’ (Psalm 139:16 NIV).
Not only is there a plan for us, (Jeremiah 29:11) but if we ask for it and want it, there will be guidance for us as well, God tells us so.
‘You will show me the path of life’ (Psalm 16:11 NKJV).
‘I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go’ (Psalm 32:8 ESV).
And how do we know that he will teach us and show us what we should do? David knew this too;
‘he instructs the sinners’ of which we all are, every–one of us, ‘in his ways’ (Psalm 25:8 NIV).
When Jesus came to this world, he said; ‘I am the light of the world’ (John 8:12 ESV). Not only did he say that, but he told those listening to him what would change, ‘Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness’ (John 8:12 NIV).
In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus says;
‘You are the light of the world’ (Matthew 5:14 NKJV). After saying that we are the light, he continues and says, ‘Let your light so shine before men’ (Matthew 5:16 NKJV).
In the longest chapter, in the longest book in the Bible, the Psalmist writes;
‘Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path’ (Psalm 119:105 NIV).
Solomon, the son of King David, was a very wise man, and the writer of Proverbs, and wrote;
‘this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light’ (Proverbs 6:23 NIV).
We know that we should take the light of God to all people that we see (Matthew 5:16) but how do we do that.
We take the light of God to all, because as we go out into the world, we know that there is much darkness. Darkness is not just sin and evil, but it can come in the way of distraction, or temptation. Temptations of the world vie for our attention, to take our focus away from where it should be. We should have our focus on God.
Paul reminded the Roman Christians about this;
‘Do not be conformed to this world’ (Romans 12:1 ESV).
Peter also told the Christians of the early scattered churches;
‘As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance’ (1 Peter 1:14 NIV).
Jesus taught many important things to us, but one of the most important things is that we are;
‘THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD’ (Matthew 5:15 NIV).
There’s a little flame inside us all
Some shine bright, some shine small
The rains will come and the waters rise
But don’t you ever lose your light
In this life you will know
Love and pain, joy and sorrow
So when it hurts, when times get hard
Don’t forget whose child you are
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine
May you live each day with no regret
Make the most of every chance you get
Let your eyes get wide when you look at the stars
With the same sense of wonder as a child’s heart
With the ones you love treasure the time
And for those who are gone keep their memories alive
Hold on to your dreams don’t ever let go
There’s a fire inside you burning with hope
This Little Light Of Mine (Stories #3)
(written by Ryan Gregg) by Jennie Stiefel
Father we thank you for sending your Son, Jesus to be the light of the world, the light that we can follow, and the light that we can show and lead others to.