As Israel was a light in the midst of darkness, so the church is the “light of the world.” Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matt. 5:14). This light was kindled on the day of Pentecost when tongues of fire came and dwelt on the disciples. It drew people from all nations to Christ. It wasn’t an advertising campaign, nor was it a slick program. It wasn’t the sound and lighting system that drew the people—instead it was the sound and light of God’s glory.
If we are going to fulfil our call to be a light to the world we must allow God to separate the light from the darkness in our lives. This work is unpleasant at times. It will mean repentance and getting rid of falsehood. It will mean throwing away the sins of the flesh. But the more we turn from the darkness, the more God’s light will arise in us. This is our great need! Today may God’s light arise upon us:
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” (Isa. 60:1-3)
Prayer: God, we pray for ourselves, your people. May we fulfill our high call of being a light to the nations. We turn from our sin and darkness. We pray that your light will arise on us and be seen in the neighborhoods will live in and the places we work. May people be drawn to your light and find hope in Jesus Christ.