There are many definitions for the word light. It’s meaning goes far beyond that of simple illumination:
- means of knowing
- a window
- the Gospel
- a true Christian
All of these things exemplify light.
For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night.
1 Thessalonians 5:5 (NLT)
When we claim the title child of God, it means so much more than belonging to God. And that is a wondrous thing! When Paul says that, as Christians, we are children of the light, we have life, we have a way of knowing, we have joy, comfort, deliverance, favour. And, if we have anything other than these things in our lives, we have allowed ourselves to be pulled back into the darkness that Jesus died to save us from.
DARKNESS: absence of light; obscurity; want of clarity; that quality or state which renders any thing difficult to understand; a state of being intellectually clouded; great trouble and distress
These characteristics are unbecoming of a Christian. They have no place in our lives. Do we live in a dark world that would see us all brought back into that darkness? Yes. But that is why we are called to let our light shine. Let our joy, our clarity, our comfort, our deliverance, and our favour overflow and overcome the darkness that surrounds us.
But let us who live in the light think clearly, protected by the body armor of faith and love, wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.
1 Thessalonians 5:8 (NLT)
The close we get to God and the longer we remain in His presence, the more clarity we will find and the more confident we will be in our salvation. Darkness will become a distant memory that no longer has a hold on us because we are protected by these gifts from our Father.
So let us live as we are meant to, as children of the light. Let us cast all darkness from our lives and walk in the close comfort that comes with our salvation.
Daily Bible reading: Isaiah 62-64, 1 Thessalonians 5