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Monday, January 28, 2013

We Are Light

                                                This little light of mine,
                                                I’m gonna let it shine . . .
                                                Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

The well-known children’s song introduces three kinds of Christians:
  • Closet Christians—those who hide their light
  • Wavering Lights—those who are hesitant to share their faith
  • Bright Lights—zealous Christians, unashamed

If we know the Lord as our personal Savior, the Bible says we are light in a dark world.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; 
and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, 
and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16).

We don’t have to desire it, pray for it, or hope for it.

We are light.

The first time I really saw this, its truth encouraged me. I realized that just being, just living, I am light in the world. Christ is in me, and I am light—shining out His light.

Jesus said, I am the light of the world (John 9:5b).

In prayer to the Father, Jesus said, And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me (John 17:22-23). The word for glory, used here, is talking about splendor, brightness.

The light that Jesus has is in us! We are in Him, and He is in us.

We are light, because He’s in us.

The world is full of all kinds of darkness. You only need to watch the news. Maybe once a month, they’ll show a feel-good story. Otherwise, you get war, addictions, murder, prejudice, hunger, desperation, poverty, and ugliness. The world isn’t a pretty place.

But . . .

We have Light.

We are light, through Jesus Christ.

We can share His light by not hiding it, by setting ourselves on a hill, by putting our candle up where it can be seen.

What are we doing about it?
  • How are we sharing Christ?
  • Can others see our light?
  • Do others know why we shine?

Ponder these passages:
  • The Word of God gives light. The Bible says, The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple (Psalm 119:130). Are we sharing the Word with others?
  • Jesus is the Light. In him was life; and the life was the light of men (John 1:4). Are we sharing Christ with others?
  • Abiding in the light helps us to have communion with other believers. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin (1 John 1:7). Are we enjoying fellowship with others?

Ye are the light of the world.

If you are happy to be light, please feel free to leave a comment. 


  1. Soy feliz de ser luz, y he comenzado a dejar que mi luz brille, tanto como pueda brillar. Sin obstáculos que la tapen. Es reconfortante sentirse de esta manera.


    1. Me alegro, Tere. Gracias por compartir tu deseo de brillar. (I'm glad for you, Tere. Thank you for sharing your desire to shine.)

  2. What an important distinction. I don't know if I ever thought about it quite that way. You hear people saying sometimes, "We need to be salt and light to the world." But we don't have to go out and try to be: we already are when we believe in Christ and have His light to shine through us.

    1. When I first saw this truth, it was so liberating . . . and with it came the realization that our lights need to be where they can shine. :o) You do, Barbara, through your encouraging blog posts and all the other things you do for people. Thanks you!

  3. Lou Ann, this is the first time visiting your blog. I love it! I love your Scripturally based devotions that speak forth His Truth so well. Thank you. Yes, we are LIGHT. LET IT SHINE!

    1. Welcome! Yes, let it shine! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. It's really quite an exciting thought. I don't want to hide my light :)

    1. Lauren, I love how you are using your talents to glorify the Lord. Keep on letting your light shine. :o)


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