Going Deeper with the Message:
Children of the Light
by: Andrew Archer
On Sunday, Pastor Ben talked about how we live in a dark world and how sometimes this dark world we live in can be overwhelming. We can feel powerless to be light among the darkness, to make any real impact. But that doesn’t mean we have no hope. God has not left us to fend for ourselves—He sent Jesus to be the light of the world; to illuminate the path to life, to God.
In Ephesians 5, Paul writes, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” When we place our faith in who Jesus is and what He has done for us, we become children of God (John 1:12-13), children of the light. What an incredible privilege! How remarkable is it that we can have hope! Hope in Jesus as the one to bring light not only to this dark world, but to us personally. We can have hope because His light overcomes all darkness.
Jesus has many titles: Bread of life, King of kings, Lamb of God, etc; but Light of the world is the only title that is true of Jesus and is also true of believers. This should make us pause, and cause us to ask: “Why?” Why would we have the same title as Jesus? As Ben shared on Sunday, when Jesus said He is the Light of the world, He was making a claim that He is the path to life, to God. So when Jesus says that we are also to be lights of the world, or as Paul says, “children of the light,” what they mean is that we can also illuminate the path to life, to God, in this dark world.
So, what does that look like? What does walking as a child of the light look like on a Tuesday? I think if we want to answer this question, the best thing to do is to look at Jesus. What did He do? Jesus reflected the character of The Father by the way he treated others. Jesus intentionally sought out people in need, and as He saw their need, He reached out in love.
So, when you are at work, school, the grocery store, or wherever else you might be today, I would encourage you to reflect God’s character in those two ways:
- To intentionally seek out people in need, whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual
- As you see those people in need, reach out in love. That could mean offering help, a conversation, or a meal.
As we do this, as we reflect Jesus to the world, we will be working in tandem with Him to bring light and hope to this dark world.
Living out the Message: