by Pastor Mark Jordan
“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 Peter 2:9, NIV)
This week we are going to look at the various aspects of what it means to heed Jesus’ call to follow Him. The first we will explore is how we are called out of darkness into the light of God.
Light is a major metaphor used for the presence and person of God. We look back at creation and realize God first said, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3). John 1:4-5 tells us that Jesus is the light of the world. Jesus again declares He is the Light of the World, and we will never walk in darkness when we follow Him (John 8:12). In the Sermon on the Mount, we learn that Jesus shares His light with us so we may reflect it to the world so everyone can know that God is still good through the good things we do (Matthew 5:16). This comes back to yesterday’s daily water where we realize that Jesus wants to transform us and teach us to use what makes us different to live for Him…differently.
The world is full of darkness, and Jesus wants you to experience the light of God. It can be difficult at first, because as Jesus taught, people living in darkness avoid the light because they don’t want their darkness exposed (John 3:19-20). Think of it like walking out of a dark theater in midday, and how the light can hurt your eyes. Your eyes adjust pretty quickly, though, and then you can see clearly. This is how Jesus wants you to live, seeing life clearly through the light and love of God (1 Corinthians 13:12-13).
Have you ever heard the phrase, like a moth to the flame? It is believed that moths, and other similar creatures drawn to the light, use it to help them navigate the darkness. Scientists believe that they use the moon to navigate the darkness, and, therefore, are drawn to sources of light.
You are called to the light of God. Jesus came as the light to help us navigate the darkness. Yes, it can be challenging to be confronted with the darkness within at first, but light reveals and sanitizes. Let Jesus do this to your heart, and help you give praise to God with every aspect of your life.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your light that calls me out of the darkness. I confess it is hard at times to see my darkness exposed, but your light reveals your heart and sanitizes my life for you. I praise you in Jesus’ name. Amen.