Through the centuries, the Christian has made a positive difference in the world. Before Christ ascended back to heaven, He gave His disciples an important responsibility to fulfill: that is to be the light of the world. Light was one of the early creations of God. In Genesis 1: 3, “God said let there be light, and there was light.” Light is a symbol of holiness and purity. John Wesley said that “God is not only the author of light, but also the fountain of it.” Darkness is the opposite of light, symbolizing sin and guilt.
Being the Light of the world requires using the resources that God has provided for this calling. First, the Bible gives the “how.” Psalm 119:130 reveals that “The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” Christians are to “walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8). Obeying the word of God keeps us from sin and walking in darkness. Christ is the source and power of light to which we must stay connected. If we follow Christ, “We shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).
Also, the Holy Spirit who lives in every believer gives guidance. The Spirit is our comforter, counselor, and advocate who teaches and guides us into all truths. Only as we walk in the Spirit, do we really walk in light.
Not only do the Word and the Holy Spirit equip the Christian to be the light of the world, but also prayer is essential. Prayer is a line of communication between man and God, which creates a fellowship of personal contact. In prayer, we may come for confession of sins over and over again. A clean light shines much brighter. Christ invites us to ask, and we shall receive. How pleased God must be when we come in prayer just to praise Him and to give praise for blessings that cannot be numbered. Luke18:1 reminds us “That man ought always to pray and not to faint.”
Having the gifts of God’s Word, the Holy Spirit, and prayer, we are equipped to be the light of the world if we choose to please our Father’s leading:
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matt.5:16).
Every day, those who walk in darkness need a light. Love cannot be hidden when it shines in action. Shine forth!