Try to imagine an unapproachable light. The sun maybe? I know I can’t wrap my mind around the idea of our God and Jesus being pure light, able to cast out all darkness. But that is exactly what they are. In John 8:12, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Notice in this verse that walking in the light is a decision we make. In fact, that choice is made continually throughout the day. If we’re following Christ, we are not looking to make excuses or justify our sin. Jesus sheds light on our worldly actions exposing them as godly or sinful. Walking in the light is all about the process of change. With the help of the light of Christ, we can see where the world and Satan are trying to lead us astray and stay away from the temptations that attempt to drag us down. In the light we can see where the pitfalls lie. Jesus says in John 11:9-10, “A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world’s light. It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.”
Walking in the light gives us direction, a clear path to follow to our ultimate destination…heaven. “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going. Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light” (John 12:35-36).
Finally, we must walk in the light to really know God. 1 John 1:5-7 reminds us, “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walks in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” We cannot have fellowship with God and walk in darkness. The two cannot mesh together. But if we walk in the light of Jesus, his blood will always cleanse us.
It’s a wonderful image, looking at our God and savior Jesus as light. Like our eyes need some form of light to be able to see, so our souls need the light of Christ to be able to know and see God. Think today of the ways that you can walk in the light, following Jesus in obedience to our God and Father in heaven.