Jesus said it Himself. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12, NIV).
But have you ever wondered what He was really talking about? I mean, to understand “light” in terms that we can relate to in our own lives?
What is this “light of life?”
We often learn best by contrast. Jesus said if we follow Him, we “will not walk in darkness.”
We bump into things and hurt ourselves. We might even seriously injure or kill ourselves if we’re in deadly terrain.
We don’t enjoy the beauty of our surroundings because we can’t see.
We feel anxious, fearful, and disoriented.
We can’t see people well; we may hurt others unintentionally, including those we love.
We end up in dead ends, sometimes over and over again.
Spiritually speaking, the Bible teaches this about darkness:
“The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble” (Proverbs 4:19, ESV)
“They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness” (Psalm 82:5, ESV).
“Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness” (1 John 2:9, ESV).
“People loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed” (John 3:19-20, ESV).
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the . . . powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil . . .” (Ephesians 6:12, ESV).
In simple language, darkness means we lack understanding and we do bad things. But some people love”doing bad things” so they resist the light. Failing to love other people is also darkness. Those who love the light are engaged in a “wrestle” against darkness because there really are unseen, evil forces fighting against us.
Can You Relate to These?
Light, therefore, is knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and loving and doing what is good.
In the book, Jesus Christ, His Life and Mine, I presented these simple signs of spiritual light that even a child can recognize.
When we begin walking into the bright light of God by believing and following Jesus, we think and feel like this:
I care more about doing what’s right than I used to.
I notice and admire the good, courageous, and decent people around me more than I used to.
I understand and like the scriptures more lately. There are a lot of dots being connected between my heart and mind.
I have a clearer sense of my true identity as opposed to who the world has told me I am or what I should be.
My view of what really matters has changed; my worldview has changed. I see the earth as small and eternity as large and very important.
I see how small I am compared to the greatness of God; I want to kneel before Him and praise Him for all that He has done; my gratitude knows no bounds.
I honestly trust that God is smarter than I am. I’m a fool if I try to resist Him.
I suddenly understand how to deal with a problem that’s been tormenting me—because I now see how to do it Jesus’s way.
I figured out what it means to follow Jesus.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I believe and follow Jesus. I’m definitely willing to take a stand when it’s not easy, and I feel good about that.
I want to teach others about Jesus and His Gospel.
I want to help people more now. I want to be kinder and more willing to sacrifice. I want to stop getting so angry.
I have hope that God can save me from my addictions; I see that the stories and miracles of Jesus are symbols of His saving power in my own life.
The stories of Jesus have inspired me to tackle hard things in my life.
I see God as my heavenly parent. I know He wants me to obey Him because He’s looking out for my well-being. I truly get that.
I feel God’s love more than I used to.
I want God to be pleased with me.
I want to do the right things for the right reasons.
I want to be like Jesus (and not just because I’m supposed to).
Can you relate to this evidence of spiritual light in your own life? All of these feelings and insights are the effects of the light of Jesus Christ awaking and enlivening our spirit.
My Christ-mas Testimony
When Jesus said “I am the light of the world,” it was a bold but awesomely true statement.
Believing in Him turns on the light in our souls. Sing it aloud, say it forever, believe it without a doubt, because it is true!
All of the enlightened, positive changes listed above come to us when we believe in, trust, and follow the true Light of the world.
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