The New Testament teaches that we have been engrafted into Israel’s vine—we are Abraham’s descendants (Rom. 11:17; Gal. 3:7-9). More than the sun, moon and stars God intends us to be the light of the world. These luminaries are examples to us of what God wants us to be. He desires his light to be mediated and reflected through us. Most people will not see the manifest Glory of Christ in the same way Paul saw it on the road to Damascus. But God has created us to be lights so that the world would see his light through us. Everyone needs to see the arresting light that Paul experienced, but how it happens will be unique to each person. One of the greatest ways this happens is through people seeing God’s light through us.
What a privilege it is to share in God’s own light, to be the objects that shine forth his glory. We have been chosen to partake in his Glory because God did not only say, “Let there be light,” but also said, “Let there be lights!” The call of participating in God’s light is alluded to in 2 Peter 1:3-4: “He has called us by his own glory and goodness and through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desire” (paraphrase).
All the lights God created on the fourth day have a similar distinctive: all of them are not of the earth. They are all in the heavens. They hang on nothing and their light comes to us from above, not below. And so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. They are from above, not below. They shine down on the world. God himself upholds them and keeps them from falling.
Prayer: Lord, we are the fulfillment of Abraham’s promise. We are the stars shining in the night of the world; we are all sons of Abraham through faith in Christ. May we truly embody you light to this world. May our light come from above, not below and may you uphold us with your right hand just like you uphold the sun, moon and stars. And Father, we ask that you would multiply your light in the world through us, in Jesus’ name.