Daily Devotion|Day 255
“For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness” (1Thessalonians 5:5, ESV).
The Gospel of John opens by stating that Christ is the Word of God (1:1). Three verses later, John adds that Jesus is the true Light (1:4-5). Again, in 1 John 1:5, the Apostle John has this to say, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” Now, compare this last statement with today’s opening Scripture from 1 Thessalonians. It has enormous implications for you, the believer.
God is Light. God has children. Therefore, those children are children of Light. Furthermore, if they are children of Light, then they are light, too. Do you get where this is going? When was the last time you thought of yourself as a child of light?
Remember also, that Christ and the believer are conjoined: “In that day you will know that I am in the Father, and you in me, and I in you” (John 14:20); “But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him” (1 Corinthians 6:17). Therefore, whenever the Bible says something about Christ, it would be helpful to watch out for the implications for the believer.
What follows is something you need to know about being a child of light:
You are made by Light and from Light. You were born in ‘divine daytime.’ You are not of darkness. You are created from Light. And you are born of Light. This means, you are light from Light. The very core of your being is light. There should be no doubt about this in your mind and heart. Take hold of this truth. Remind yourself often that you are light.
Own what God has given you. Meditate often on these realities. Being a child of light, you are a winner by default. Darkness cannot overcome you unless you permit it. Stand your ground. Keep moving forward. Refuse to hide your light. Keep shining to make your heavenly Father proud.
God has placed in you amazing potentialities and has set before you endless possibilities (Matthew 17:20). If you knew the implications of being a child of Light, you would realize that no adversity is insurmountable for you. No obstacle would be too great to overcome. And no power of darkness could stand you. We and Jesus form one mighty Team of Light. You are in great company. Cheer up. Light does not fear. Light does not worry. Light is confident. Light is hopeful. Light wins.
Stop diminishing yourself. Stop selling yourself short. Stop calling yourself horrible names. Stop setting the bar low. Set it high, where it belongs. Stop hurting your identity with sinful choices that are beneath you. Stop complaining. Stop whining. Stop saying you can’t.
Wake up to who God says you are. Arise, and shine. Start tuning your thoughts, the meditations of your heart, and the words of your mouth to the reality of who God has made you. Wake up, child of light. Your family needs you. The Church needs you. Society needs you. Above all, Jesus wants you.
Win by the power of Light.
Blessing: May your light shine brightly today, wherever God leads you. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
For further study: Matthew 5:1-15