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Got Light?

By • July 16 2015

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Light. Such a powerful, mysterious element, and scientists are discovering more fascinating things about it all the time.

Here are a couple of scientific assertions I think you’ll find very interesting:

  • Everything is energy and nothing is truly solid [Light, by the way, is energy]
  • Light had to have existed before matter could exist

*Note: Numerous sources support these claims.

Basically, some scientists believe that light provides the tiniest, basic structures upon which all other things we see around us are built. In other words, light is the place to start if we want to create, or to produce change.

Very interesting when you consider the Creation account, because light was the very first thing God created. Makes you think, doesn’t it? It seems we’re only beginning to understand the power and significance of light in our universe, although the Bible has been saying these things for thousands of years.

Now, consider what Jesus says about light and you (me, too): “You are the light of the world.” in Matt. 5:14. Wow! Do you realize what this means? You and I have the ability to make some cool things happen when and if we choose to shine our light.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” –Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Greek word for “light” used here is the same word, phos, used to describe Jesus in John 1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:1-5)

There’s a lot to unpack in this loaded passage, but I want to focus on a few key things:

Light gives life: What have you eaten today? How did it get to your table? Trace it back, and I guarantee that whatever you put in your mouth, it originated with light, unless you ate rocks or sand. Without the sun, we would have no food chain; without light, we would have no life on our planet at all.

Okay, so if you’re “the light of the world,” how are you feeding your corner of the universe? Are you shining life-giving light wherever God has planted you? You have the power to be a source of true life when you choose to shine.

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” –William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Light overcomes darkness: No matter who you are, where you live, where you work, or what circumstances you’re facing, your supernatural light as a Christian can literally overcome any darkness in your life or in the lives of others. It could be negative coworkers, an illness, loved ones opposed to the gospel, unemployment, trouble in a marriage–it doesn’t matter. The light in you is far greater than any of these. Demonstrate the love of Christ, don’t give in to doubt, let your light shine, and watch the darkness flee!

“It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but that you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it.” –Arthur Conan Doyle

Darkness has no power: Okay, follow me here, because this will blow your mind if you let it: Darkness is nothing but the absence of light, and therefore it is essentially void, inactive and powerless. We give too much credit to the devil, his “power,” his influence, and to the crummy things that happen to us because we live in a world that’s affected by sin. Darkness and all that we associate with it–sin, evil, disease, brokenness, death–are all a result of a “lack of light,” a by-product, if you will. This should give us hope when we face these things, because they have no power unless we give them a place of power when we react to them in an ungodly way or with doubt. So, don’t give challenging things that place of power. Respond to them with light and truth, and any power you’ve given them must give way to the light.

I’ll leave you with this:

“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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

Shine on!

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