Psalm 18: 28 - You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
Micah 7:8 - Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.
Matthew 4:16 - The people living in darkness have seen a great light.
John 9:5 - While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
Psalm 119: 105 - Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Matthew 5:16 - In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
John 8: 12 - When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.
John 1:5 - The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
1 John1:7 - But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
Psalm 139: 7 - Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
John 12:36 - Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.
Luke 11:34 - Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.
Psalm 119:130 - The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
1 Peter 2:9 - But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Thessalonians 5:5 - For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.
Ephesians 5:8 - For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.
1. Meditate on your calling to be the light of the world.
2. Take time to simply let God love you
3. Ask the Holy Spirit how he wants to use you to be the light of the world today.
The truth of Scripture is that God is not calling us to minister out of our perfection. He isn’t calling us to figure everything out before we can be used. The most powerful declaration we can make to those in darkness is that we who are in desperate need have been met by a perfectly loving Savior. When all the world sees is our facade of perfection, they know right away that they don’t belong in Christianity. But when we live with the courage to be truly vulnerable and honest, we open our lives for those in darkness to see the light of God within us—that he in his grace encounters, loves, and dwells with weak and desperate men and women. God is not calling you to share with the world your own perfection. He is calling you to simply be who you truly are, encounter his loving-kindness, and share with the world the grace-filled hope we have in Christ. Take time today to simply let God love you. Allow him to mold and shape you into a child who wholly experiences the love of the Father. And from that place of being loved as you are, open up your life and love others as you have been loved. Live today openly and honestly before God and man. Open up your life to those in darkness that they might see the light of God’s glorious grace. And live as the light of the world, illuminating the path to God’s heart for all those around you. May you experience the joy, passion, and purpose that comes from being used by God to advance his kingdom today.