Again, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I AM the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life...” - John 8:12
PRAYER FOCUS - I AM the Light
Few people enjoy walking around in the dark, especially if it is in an unfamiliar space. A night light goes a long way when traveling. It can save you from a stubbed toe or running into walls if you get up at night! Many keep flashlights in cars or bedside tables because they want to avoid being caught in the dark unprepared. In fact, most people will admit to having a lower anxiety level about certain environments in the daytime than they would have in the same environment at night. What’s the point? We are naturally more comfortable in light than in darkness.
Jesus is the Light, and His light brings life! When we follow Him, we are no longer in darkness. Think about two rooms separated by a door. One room is dark and the other is light. If you open the door between the two, light always spills into the dark room. The darkness never spills over into the lighted room. The light that Jesus has brought into this world will always overcome the surrounding darkness. Sure, it can be discouraging to see the darkness in the world around us. However, we can trust that the Light, who is Jesus, will ultimately overcome that darkness. Let’s give Him thanks today for bringing His light into our darkness.
Jesus also calls us lights! “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16). Remember the kids’ song, “This little light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine”? Jesus has shone the light of His love into our hearts.
Ask God today: “What darkness in my life do you want to shine your light on?” “How can I shine the light you’ve given to me through Jesus to the darkness around me?”