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You Are the Light of the World

March 4, 2018


You Are the Light of the World

Because Jesus is the way  of salvation  in this dark world  —  and we need to be able  to see where we are headed spiritually  —   Jesus tells us  in John 8:12“I am the light  of the world;  he who follows Me  shall not walk  in the darkness,  but shall have  the light  of life.”     And as we study the rest  of God’s word,  we can come  to an understanding  of how this is very true.     We walk  according to God’s ways  when His light is  in us.

If we want to know  about eternal life  (the light of life),  there is only one way  to get it  —   and that is by faith  in Jesus Christ  and His work  of salvation  on the cross  for us.

Just as Jesus is our light  in this world,  He expects us  to be lights  to everyone around us.     In Matthew 5:14,  Jesus said  to His followers,  “You are the light  of the world.”      In other words,  He wants His followers  to live lives  that show others around them  the love and salvation  they have experienced  in Christ.

Whatever we are like  in this world,  those around us  can see how we live  and what it is  we stand for.     So,  if we are shining examples  of the love  that God has  for the world,  we will be true lights  for this world.

But, if we don’t live the way  the Bible teaches,  the world cannot see salvation  in Christ  as being anything worth looking into.     And,  we won’t be showing anyone  what God is  really like.     This sort of thing happens  when we ourselves  don’t have enough  of the light  of Christ  in our hearts.     If we don’t have Christ  in our hearts,  there is no way  He can shine through us  and make us lights  to this world.

If Christ is not in our hearts,  we will have a greater tendency  to often sin  big time.     So,  instead of shining forth  the love and salvation  of God,  a person will show others things  like greed,  selfishness,  hatred,  back-biting,  gossip,  thievery,  pride,  arrogance,  etc.     When Jesus talked about this type  of situation,  He said it like this  in Matthew 6:22-23,

The lamp  of the body is  the eye;  if therefore your eye  is clear,  your whole body  will be full  of light.     But if your eye is bad,  your whole body  will be full  of darkness.     If therefore  the light  that is in you  is darkness,  how great is  the darkness!

If we can see the truths  of God’s word  and value it,  we will have the light  of God  in our hearts.     But,  if we don’t see the truths  of God’s word  and prefer to live  in sin,  we are living  in a great darkness  —  even if we claim  to be a Christian.

God knows our hearts,  our every thought  and our every feeling.     He knows  whether or not our lives  are filled  with His light  of salvation.     If we can’t see good enough  in this world  to accept Jesus  as our Savior  and understand the importance  of diligently living  according to His word,  we need some serious repenting  and turning back  to the Lord.

When we do come  to a realization  of the truth  of God’s love  for each of us,  we will say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  it’s so good  to know Your love.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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