“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”
(2 Corinthians 4:4-6)
As believers in Christ we were all once lost and couldn’t see where we were going. We didn’t know we were wandering. At one time we were just as blind and lost as those mentioned in the passage above. At one point, we all were introduced to our Savior. It may have been a parent who loved you so much they wanted nothing else for you but to model life strolling in the Spirit. It may have been a Sunday School teacher who loved you so much and wanted you to know Our Savior personally that they sacrificed their time to invest in you. It may have been a counselor at camp who loved you so much that they also surrendered their time to invest in you so that you may be introduced to our Heavenly Father. The point is someone, often many people, loved us so much that they shared the Light of the Gospel that is in them with us so we may see our Father’s love for us.
As the body of Christ who has the “Light of the Gospel” inside of us, we are called to “let our light shine out of darkness”. We’ve seen in God’s Word the account of Jesus healing the man who was blind from birth along with the knowledge Our Lord can bring forth sight to those who are blind. Just as Jesus can restore physical sight, he can allow those who are spiritually blind to see. Since Jesus does not walk the earth at this time as he once did, we are his ambassadors to shine His holy light to those who need to see it.
We can shine the light of the gospel in many ways. We are challenged this month to seek Him out and ask HIm how we can be His light. As the writer writes this, many ways come to mind, but it is our desire this month for the reader to seek out the Father and ask how we can individually shine the Light of the Gospel to those we love and encounter.
Father God, we praise You for your ability to restore sight to the blind. You give life-saving direction to the lost! The Light of the Gospel that is in us is never-ending and unceasing! You are the only true God that brings eternal life with you. Our actions cannot save us. No duty we can perform offers us access. Only our trusting in You will bring eternal life with You! Lord, there have been times when we haven’t shown Your light. Forgive us for those times when we’ve kept Your light hidden and to ourselves. Thank you Father that You are greater than the “god of this age” and will reveal Your light to those who earnestly seek You! We are thankful for Your light that is in us. That light brings peace in the midst of a storm. It brings confidence when we want to be weak. It cascades Your love over us when we feel unloved. So Father we ask that Your light would shine brightly in us. Lord, when we seek you this month asking for ways to be Your light to others, we ask that You would be generous in Your provision and supply. We pray all of this in Your mighty and powerful name… Amen!