God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.
John 1:3-5 NLT
Years ago, just having made a total commitment to God, I received a ministry newsletter with the headline, “Seek the Light, and persevere.” I somehow knew it was a command for me. So, I cut it off the newsletter and put it on my little bulletin board. Things came and went from that bulletin board, but that exhortation remained for a very long time, until it was written on my heart.
I have met many people who are lovers of the light, ones who love sunny days and rooms with lots of windows. There is something about light that raises our spirits when they are down and puts a smile on our face. Science has discovered that light cleanses and has healing properties. The study of light’s characteristics has led to great scientific discoveries. Since light’s speed is constant, scientists use the speed of light to measure the distances in the universe.
Biblically, light is equated with truth and God’s word that set us free, strengthen and guide us. Darkness refers to evil, deceit, imprisonment, pain and loss. When we live in the dark, we are lost and vulnerable. But just a little light can save us from stumbling and harm.
In the verses above, the Light refers to Jesus Christ, the Creator of everything that is made (Jn.8:12). He is the Son of God who came into this dark world, taking on flesh to become one of us, yet was fully God. Jesus suffered and was crucified for our sin, and became our way back home to our heavenly Father. John wrote of Jesus as the Light to give us hope, because no matter our circumstances, the light in us will prevail. The darkness can never extinguish the true Light. Because his Spirit lives in us who believe in him, we become the light of the world as his life is manifest through us. (Matt.5:14)
Since we want to shine God’s light in the world, let’s obey the exhortation I received years ago. Together let’s continue to seek the Light, and know Christ intimately and become more like him. Let’s not give up, but persevere, no matter the challenges. We are chosen and called to reflect his light in the dark places of the world. So, never give up. Keep growing. Keep seeking more of Jesus.
Dear friends, be blessed this Christmas as you ask the Holy Spirit for the gift of perseverance, receive it and keep seeking more of Jesus. That is a gift our heavenly Father loves to give his children. Then be blessed to keep growing, keep shining and keep smiling. You will give the Lord great joy, and his joy will become your strength. Amen.
Mary Sumner ~ December 5, 2022