In the first chapter of John we read of a man sent from God to bear witness of the Light. Yeshua is the true Light which gives light to every person in the world. We go on to read that the world did not know him and that even His own did not receive Him (John 1:10-11).
Yeshua proclaims in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
These words speak of enlightenment, of illumination. How can we who are called His sons, receive His power and bring the light of the Kingdom of God here in this dim earth? How is it possible for us to accomplish this when Yeshua Himself walked on the earth but the world did not know Him, and His brothers did not accept Him (John 1:10-11)?
How can we be the salt and light of the Lord in a dark city, or at least in our own neighborhoods, workplaces and homes? We find an answer in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
So by the good deeds that we the believers are doing we will be a light in the darkness. What good deeds and works are we talking about?
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) …” (Ephesians 5:9).
It sounds simple. However, as we all know, it is not always so easy to walk this way day in and day out in a world where darkness is growing. It can be a challenge when corruption and selfishness are all around us. We need to find our identity in our Lord in order to bring His light to this world. It is not by our power or ability or anything we have done or are capable of doing in and of ourselves.
John 1:12 makes it clear – and we must never forget it – that Yeshua gives us power. That power is through the Holy Spirit which dwells in us. Let us not be found asleep and unprepared like five of the virgins in Matthew 25. May we always be found with oil in our lamps, oil which to my understanding is the indwelling Holy Spirit. How?
Let’s be filled again and again. Let’s worship, pray and seek His will. Yeshua will give us the power to be a light to this world. He who is the true light, will shine through us.
This article originally appeared in Israel’s Restoration newsletter, February 1, 2018, and reposted with permission.