Year of Calling: Light

Week 22 Word: Light

Week 22 Text: I Thessalonians 5:5

Written by: Carrie Flener

 

“For you are all children of light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.” (1 Thessalonians 5:5 NIV)

There you are…your little 5-year-old self, singing at the top of your lungs. Or, maybe you didn’t grow up in church, but now you’re teaching it to your kids. Whatever the case, I can almost guarantee you know the song well:

“This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.”

When I think of the word light and how it relates to God, I immediately think of that song from all those years ago. When I was a kid, they were just words with fun motions. But now, as I grow closer to the Lord, those words have a deeper meaning. It makes me stop and pause – what does that mean exactly, to “let our light shine”?

1 Thessalonians 5:5 tells us that we ARE children of light. It’s who we are as children of God. It’s not something we do or a song we sing. Just by being a child of God, we are LIGHT in a world that is so dark.

What does that look like, practically? Well, Jesus – in true Jesus form – left us an example. The life He lived here on earth is a model and example for us of what it looks like to be light in the darkness.

John 8:12 says, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ ” When we make the decision to follow Christ – to die to ourselves and follow Him – His Spirit dwells in our hearts. He lives in us and is the source of our light. It’s because of Him – not by our own power or anything we can do – that we are light.

“Hide it under a bushel, NO! I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!”

We can’t hide this light. It’s naturally impossible, if Christ lives in us. Because it’s not anything we do. It’s who we are. Just being by being you, light shines.

Since my kids were little, I have prayed for them to be a light to this world. And this, sweet friend, is also my prayer for you:

“Therefore, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, so now, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is working in you both to will and to work according to his good purpose. Do everything without grumbling and arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world, by holding firm to the word of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn’t run or labor for nothing. But even if I am poured out as a drink offering on the sacrificial service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. In the same way you should also be glad and rejoice with me.” (Philippians 2:12-18)

Application Questions

1. Think about your “world”–your home, your workplace, your church, your social circle. Where does the light of Jesus need to shine brighter?

2. Pray that the Holy Spirit lead you to be light in those places.

3. Ask God to help you remember that being light is not something we do, it is who we are. Rejoice in the freedom that brings!