Children of Light

One of the most challenging concepts in my study of Light in the Bible has been understandIng who I am as a child of light. It is one thing to say, “Jesus is the Light of the world” and quite another to say, “I am/we are the light of the world.” So I took my questions to God’s Word and did a word study on child and light together.

Read through the scriptures I’ve found in this order I’ve put them in and you might see what I see. (All scriptures here are taken from The Passion Translation, italics added for emphasis.)

Jesus replied, “You will have the light shining with you for only a little while longer. While you still have me, walk in the light, so that the darkness doesn’t overtake you. For when you walk in the dark you have no idea where you’re going. So believe and cling to the light while I am with you, so that you will become children of light.”
John 12:35-36a
Once your life was full of sin’s darkness, but now you have the very light of our Lord shining through you because of your union with him. Your mission is to live as children flooded with his revelation-light! Ephesians 5:8
For you are all children of the light and children of the day. We don’t belong to the night nor to darkness. 1 Thessalonians 5:5
Live a cheerful life, without complaining or division among yourselves. For then you will be seen as innocent, faultless, and pure children of God, even though you live in the midst of a brutal and perverse culture. For you will appear among them as shining lights in the universe, offering them the words of eternal life.
Philippians 2:14-16a
And you will open their eyes to their true condition, so that they may turn from darkness to the Light and from the power of Satan to the power of God. By placing their faith in me they will receive the total forgiveness of sins and be made holy, taking hold of the inheritance that I give to my children!’ Acts 26:18

So how do I become a child of light? That was the question I thought I needed to ask, but it seems I already am. It happened without me doing a thing when I placed my faith in Jesus. I was adopted into the family of light. The right question then would be: As the light of the world, how should I live?

I will dare to say, walk with Jesus, and don’t hide myself under a bushel.

If I could stop believing the lies that my light is too full of darkness and trust that it is Jesus’ light shining through me and there is no darkness in him, I would be braver and come out from hiding. And maybe when others see his light in me shining beyond what I could put out on my own accord, they would begin to trust the light in themselves and the world would be a brighter place.

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