God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him…If we walk in the light, we have fellowship with Him, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:5,7 paraphrased)
In my pre-teen and teenage years, I used to love being in the dark. It’s so weird that most of us that age just enjoy low or dim lighting for some reason, and seem most active at night, like vampires or something. My mom would come into my room and turn on the light while I was doing God-knows-what, and I would literally shrivel up into a ball and tell her to turn it off. To this day, if the bathroom I’m in has a window and some light coming through, I’ll take showers with the lights off! For most people, the darkness is a place where things can be hidden and concealed, where we don’t have to face the reality of how things really are (hence why most crimes take place at night). People are naturally drawn to hiding, whether in physical darkness or otherwise; we don’t like to be exposed by the light.
As I got older and grew in my relationship with Christ, I started to notice a change: I loved the daytime more than the night, and I enjoyed having more lights on in the room I was in. Of course, personal preference comes into play when it comes to this stuff, but I also truly believe that my love for illumination and light grew because I came to know the God of Light more and more over the years! Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:6 that the same God who said “Let there be light” at Creation caused His light to shine in our dark hearts when we were re-created! That “light” is the truth that His glory is fully revealed and manifested in His Son, Jesus Christ. So here’s some good, encouraging news for you believers reading this: When you believed in Jesus, and believed that He was the perfect Image of God in human flesh, you went from being a slave of darkness to a child of light!
So now, that’s our identity, it’s what we are: people of the day, children of Light. Jesus even says that we’re the light of the world, because we’re His ambassadors, His hands and feet down here! And when we walk in the light, as our God is in the light, that’s when our relationship with God is closest and most intimate, and when we experience forgiveness and freedom from sin.
- So if we’re people of light now, how do we walk in the light? What does that mean? When “light” is used in Scripture, it’s referring to the fact that light reveals, and light is pure. In other words, light is a symbol for both revelation and righteousness. Walking in the light means being someone who reveals who God is to others by the way they live, and who chooses to live righteously to please God, which is only possible through His Spirit working in us. When we stumble, it’s about bringing it to Him, and not trying to hide anything from Him. When we’re around unbelievers and in the world, it’s about modeling the character of our Father in our words and actions so people can see what He’s really like through us. When we’re under fire from Satan and his demons, tempted to sin, it’s about choosing the path of light, and choosing righteousness. You have the identity of a Light-Walker, and you have the power to live that identity out now because the Holy Spirit is enabling you, so now it’s up to you to choose. Be an ambassador of the Light!
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all truth, goodness and righteousness). (Ephesians 5:8-9)