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Jesus Christ is the light of this world. “… I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12) He was when He walked the earth bodily, and He continues to shine today through those who have been reborn in spirit. The very light of Christ, the light that exposes and repels darkness, dwells within us. Now, because Christ (the light) dwells in us, we are indeed the light of this world. Jesus Himself established this and left us with great instructions: “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

The light of Christ in us is not something to keep in hiding. It’s not something to be ashamed of, and we shouldn’t be afraid to let it shine. We are to be beacons of light shining before men and women, drawing them closer to us, so that we may offer them hope in Christ. We should let our light shine and bring glory and honor to God. Being a light, being a Christian, is not something that is to be kept a secret. Rather it is something to be proclaimed! So when someone asks “are you one of those religious people?” No, you proclaim, I’m not just religious, I’m a servant of the living God!

Before I was saved I noticed there was just something “different” about many of the Christians I knew. It was something inside these people that drew me nearer to them. Now, I didn’t know what it was, but it seemed like they had something in their life that I wanted, I just couldn’t figure out what it was! At this time I believed in God, but I didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and that is what they had; that’s what was different.

They had that light inside them and they let it shine day in and day out. When you see that sort of thing, when you see people who always seem to be happy, who are always kind, who are always willing to help, who are always generous and seem to have this amazing peace in every area of their life: you want that! I wanted that for myself, and the light in these men and women of God led me to seek the source of their light. Glory to God, once I found out that it was more “who” the light came from then “where” I made sure Jesus was the Lord of my life and the very light of Christ I had been seeking all that time filled me up and kicked out the darkness, Amen!

I want you to think about natural light for a moment. When the sun rises darkness recedes, in fact it flees. Darkness cannot exist when light is present. Darkness cannot exist where there is light. Light exposes darkness in every little nook and cranny that it tries to hide in. The light of Christ is the same way. His light not only exposes and repels darkness, it defeats it. When His light shines darkness must flee!

People in this world will respond to His light in two ways. To better illustrate this point I’ll use an example. If you’ve ever spent time out on a farm you know that mice come out in numbers at night. This is because mice are nocturnal (active during the night). A definition of nocturnal is actually “belonging to the night.” They will be very active in the evening and night, but don't expect to see them much during the day. Now if you ever went out into a barn at night with a light or a lantern and opened the barn doors you’d notice that as soon as that light shines on those mice they will scurry off as if they were about to be killed. On the other hand the roosters, at sight of the light, begin to sing welcoming it. People in this world will respond to the light of Christ and the Word of God in the same two ways. They will either run and hide like the mice because they belong to the darkness or they will turn towards the light and seek or embrace it.

Whether we let our light shine or not should not be dependant on how other will respond to it however. We are to let the truth and righteousness of Christ shine in us because we were told to let our “light so shine before men.” Letting the light of Christ shine in us will many times upset people even though we’re not trying to. Letting our light shine often times means to contradict or go against the ways of this world. It means speaking up when an injustice is done. It means upholding the laws of God and being an example to others.

Understand that much of this world will reject the light because it is not in the light. Remember what Jesus said: “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” (John 15:9) The ones in the world that hate Christians hate us because they hate who is in us, Christ. Though we are in the world in these now mortal bodies, we are not of the world. We have been redeemed through Jesus; we are of the kingdom of God!

Before hating us, the world first hated Christ: “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” (John 15:18) You see, darkness is not offended by darkness; darkness is offended by light because it is light that exposes sin. Sin isn’t offended by sin, sin is offended by righteousness. Have you ever noticed that the media in this world is constantly fighting and debating over Christianity? Have you noticed that while Christians are being challenged on every front that the majority of other religions go unchallenged by the world? It is because we are the true light that is exposing the darkness in this earth. The world hates us because it hates Jesus, and the world hates Jesus because it doesn’t know God.

The evil people in this world will hate the message of Jesus Christ because it criticizes and rebukes their actions and lifestyle and demands immediate drastic change. “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” (John 3:20, 21)

Understand that if the world persecuted Jesus, who is our master, surly then, they will persecute us also for “… The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.” (John 15:20-24)

If you are being persecuted for being a Christian, don’t let that stop you from proclaiming the message of God and letting your light shine. In fact, when people start to hate you because of how you share the truth, you know your doing something right. If you are being persecuted for Christ keep faith, listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying, and do whatever He tells you to. God will not abandon you, and oh how great the reward is for those who are persecuted for Christ’s sake! “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.” (Matthew 5:11)

Finally, ensure that you yourself continue in the light of God and Christ for all of your days. Continue to stay in the Word, continue to pray, continue to fast and continue to fight sin. It is extremely important, I can’t even stress how much, for us to be continually in the Word of God, the Bible, reading, examining and meditating. God’s Word is literally our spiritual food, and you don’t want to live on an empty stomach. Victory over Satan is impossible if God is not involved, remember that. If God’s Word, our weapon of warfare, is taken from us we are defenseless. We can do nothing of ourselves, but can do all things through Christ! Stand up and let your light shine today!

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