Life and Light!
"In Him was life, and that life was the light of men." John 1:4
Jesus, who is God incarnate (Col. 1:15), made a sacrificial atonement to redeem those who were lost. His sacrificial atonement brings meaning to this present life and the life to come. Through his sacrifice, he conquered sin, death, and the grave. His "life" brought "light" to humanity. Life and light are comparable words. Light generates life. It draws attention to something that is hidden. Both, life and light are characteristics of the Godhead. God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). Therefore, those representing Christ's life must demonstrate his light. We should light up a room as those who bring light to the red carpet at the Oscars!
When I was a little girl, I couldn't wait until summertime. After sunset, it became increasingly dark. We would go outside to play, observe the atmosphere, and be amazed by the fireflies that would light up the backyard. Catching these harmless creatures were the highlight of my summer evenings. Yes, even a little light can light up a dark place. Oh, that we would seek the Lord and "Walk in the light, as he is the light" (1 John 1:7) so that all may be drawn to Him!
Keep in mind:
When we reflect Jesus' life, His life is the light that shines bright in us.
When we are walking in the light, we cannot be overcome by darkness.
We must not allow the world to dictate our actions, because we are of the light.
We must dispel error with truth, so that God's standard of truth prevails subjectivity.
Lord, be glorified as we reflect your life and your light! Amen.
Encourage and Be Encouraged!