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Light of the World


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” ~ John 8:12, New King James

          Have you ever done what I have and tried doing something in the dark of night only to hurt yourself in the process? I have many times before. I think my wife, Tanya, has a special type of radar. She can do something in almost complete black, still of the night and find her way back to bed without getting hurt. Well, almost. There are occasions she'll hit something, but far less than I do.

          Jesus is telling the people that are around him, "I am the light [expressly from God, the Father] of the world. [You] who [follow] Me shall [never] walk in darkness, but have the light of life [as I also have]." Who wouldn't want the right to shed a little light around to others? Again, Jesus says, "No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it away in a cellar nor under a basket, but on the lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light" (Luke 11:33, New American Standard).

          What is Jesus talking about here? Consider this point: because of sin and its effects darkness reigns supreme. Without any light whatsoever, due to sin, everyone stumbles whether they realize it or not. Not only does Jesus' light expose sin for as it is, being sinful, but He shows us how we can be light-bearers with Him. He brings healing, not condemnation, with Him. By allowing Him to heal and forgive us, we can be put in a relationship with Him where we can then do the same for others.

          Paul says it this way: "That you would be perfect and without blemish as purified children of God who dwell in a hard and crooked generation, and appear among them as lights in the world" (Philippians 2:15, Aramaic Bible in Plain English). So, in the manner of the light that Jesus has we can be found "perfect and without blemish," according to Paul. I don't know about anyone else, but I would want my sin dealt with, to be swept out and done away with so I can do that which the Messiah Jesus desires of me.

          In another article, titled God's Word Lights My Ways, I used this verse: "For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; and reproofs for discipline are the way of life" (Proverbs 6:23). God loves each of us so very much that He won;t leave any of us alone; not by a long shot. His desire is to clean us up, to make us sparkle like the noonday sun. His desire is that, as time comes to a close with the Son's imminent return--meaning Jesus coming back for us, we do His will. And His will is to show Him to those who are lost and without Him. He can and will do the rest.

          Father, You show me daily all of who You are. You shine into the darkest parts of my heart, showing me what has to go. I thank You for this every day. I praise You for who You are and for what You do on my behalf. I will always do my part to show You honor and praise for the work You began in me. Allow me to be a light as Jesus is a light to me so others want You as much as I want You. I ask for this in Jesus name. Amen.

          If the words that our Father in Heaven gives to me to show You how Jesus is fulfilled in scripture leads you to a different and better life, it all comes down to a choice to submit to Him. All you have to do is simply pray something like this to Him:

          "Father, I come before You knowing I am a sinner and that I grieved and broke Your heart. Forgive me the sins that I committed against You. Not only am I sorrowful for what I have done, but I desire to be in Your presence. Cleanse me with Your word, Your son, Jesus my Savior and Messiah. Thank You, Father God for all You have done, which is restoring my sight, healing my legs so I may walk in You, and restore sound to these ears of mine so I may hear Your loving voice. Most of all thank You for giving me the right to be Your child. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen." It is that easy as long as it's the desire of your heart. You are now His child. Find a church that will help disciple you and to help you grow as God's child. God bless you!