Throughout Scripture there is an intimate bond between fruit and light. The day before God said, “Let there be lights,” he said, “Let the earth bring forth fruit.” Jesus also said, “You are the light of the world…Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:14, 16). Light is connected with good deeds. In other words, the fruit of a life abiding in Christ (good deeds) is light to others. Jesus explains that this light has the power to inspire people to worship and glorify the heavenly Father. Thus we learn from these verses and others, that our light is the chief means God uses to cause the lost to turn to him and glorify him as Father.
The Lampstand in Moses’ tabernacle is also another graphic example of the connection between light and fruit (Exo. 25:31-40). God spoke to Moses to design the Lampstand like an almond tree with buds and blossoms. At the end of each branch was the light. This seems like a peculiar design for a lampstand, but its uniqueness was ordained by God and communicated a deeper meaning. Particularly, we notice that there was no fruit in the artistry of this Almond Tree Lampstand. Therefore, what becomes clear (upon further examination) is that the light actually represented fruit. The lesson we can draw from this is that our light is our fruit, and conversely our fruit is our light to the world.
Prayer: Father, you have ordained our fruit to be our light to the world. May my life have good fruit, the fruit of your Spirit. May that good fruit be a light and cause people to turn to you, in Jesus’ name.