This is the devotional that we presented at the 2016 All Girls Christmas Party. We hope it will spark some discussions in your home this holiday season.
John 12:46(MSG) I am Light that has come into the world so that all who believe in me won’t have to stay any longer in the dark.
John 3:19-21(MSG) “This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”
Every Christmas, we decorate nearly every surface with lights. Houses, trees, mirrors, mantles, windows, you name it. We add so much light to our homes and our towns during the holiday season, but do we ever stop to think about why? Christmas is, as we all know, the season during which we celebrate the birth of Jesus, who came to earth as a man to be our light.
But what does Jesus mean when He says that He is the Light?
At some point in your life, you’ve probably been trapped in a dark room. It very well could have been right here at youth. You know the feeling – you can’t see anything, no matter how hard you try. Then, as your eyes start to adjust to the extreme darkness, you see a speck of light. Your basic human instincts tell you to go to it. After all, everything is better in the light, where you can see.
How often do you try to solve your own problems? If you’re like me, the answer is too often. But this just causes us to become more entangled in our darkness – instead of walking towards the light, we’re walking directly away from it. Our darkness is often self-imposed – any who make a practice of “doing evil” tend to run away from the light for fear of painful exposure, as seen in John 3:19-21. This passage also states that those who are already doing God’s work will welcome the light, for it will reveal their work as being God’s work, whereas before, none could see this truth.
So, as you decorate your house for the coming holidays, reflect on Jesus’ Light, and what it means to you – are you running from it, stuck in a pattern of unbelief and “doing evil”? Or do you welcome the light, allowing it to reveal the work you’re doing for God’s kingdom?