Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Living In The Light

“I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

The Christmas season is so full of brilliant lights that shine and cast a spell of wonder and jubilation. The lights remind me of the star that appeared in Bethlehem when Jesus came into the world, and the world was given the light; the light that leads to eternal life. Without this light we would never be able to find our way, because His light gives us freedom, forgiveness, and a new life. Each new day, Jesus shines His light of goodness on us all to guide and protect us. The light of Jesus draws people; it cuts through the spiritual darkness of the world and changes everything! As we were driving around and taking in the beauty of the Christmas lights in the nearby neighborhoods, I was once again reminded of how He shines His light of blessings down on us and how we should take every opportunity to shine our light for Him wherever we go. Shining our light is just one way of expressing our love in glorifying Him.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” (Matthew 5:14-15) 

The purpose of illuminating our surroundings is to give glory to God and show everyone around us the One who gives it to us! We should put our faith as a lamp upon a stand to light up the whole room so that all may see, hear, and believe. It is our choice whether we let our light shine or keep it hidden, but when people see the light and love of a follower of Christ they are attracted to the light because they want to experience the same light. When we are radiant with the love of our Father it’s catching and it just seems to lift the spirits of those around us. When we take the time to shine our light brightly we are bringing cheer and affecting the lives of others in ways that we don’t even realize!

“For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night.” (1 Thessalonians 5:5)   

We must never shut our lights off from the rest of the world; just knowing that He is us makes us whole and gets our beams shining, and when we are beaming nothing can contain it! Then we shine for all to see, and soon they will have caught the ray of light too and the light of God will make everything clear. Turn it on and get ready; it will be amazing!

Linking up with Tracy on Winsome Wednesday! Merry Christmas everyone! :)


  1. Yes, a light is not meant to be hidden. Nor is the Light of our Savior! May the Light of Christ shine brightly in us so that all can see and draw near to Him! Blessings to you this Christmas, Denise!

    Living for Him, Joan

  2. Denise,

    Our lights were not meant to be hidden under a stand but we are to let our light shine before men. What a beautiful reminder today Denise that not just at Christmas but all year long we are called to let everyone see the the light of Jesus shine through us. Merry Christmas and blessings to you Denise.

  3. This makes me think of the song we used to sing in Sunday School when I was growing up...This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine...Great post Denise.
    Blessings, Chelle

  4. Amen! Awesome post Denise. I want my light to shine and I am thankful that Jesus gives us light...
    God bless,

  5. The LORD expects us to keep our light shining so that others may see and desire the real Light in us .. Thanks for the post, Denise .. Merry Christmas

  6. What a wonderful post....I am afraid I am one of those people who are always trying to do more than one thing at a time...The moment...that is what we are given and I am trying very hard to center on the moment....

    Thank you so much for all of your inspiring post of this year....I always leave your blog with wonderful things to ponder and today was no exception....

    You are a special and precious friend...

  7. Amen and amen, Denise! I pray that in the new year, I spend so much time with Him that my lights shines brightly for Him!! Thank you for this wonderful post and the reminder to slow down and make spending time with Him a priority!
    Blessings and Happy New Year!