Why is God like light?
- He is open not secret, he wants us to know him. John 17:3
- He is illuminating, glorious, and beautiful. Psalms 104:1, 2
- Like the sun, He is our source of life. Genesis 1:1-3; James 1:17
- He is pure, true, and holy. 1st Peter 1:15, 16
God sent Jesus (His son) as a light to the world to show clearly who He is. Jesus showed God’s light perfectly in the way that he lived and treated others. Jesus said “I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). If we want light in our lives we have to follow the example of Jesus. This means that we have to adopt his attitude and way of life; God’s word (The Bible) shows us how to do this. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalms 119:105).
God shows us that true love is not just an emotional thing, but that it’s active and seen in the way we treat others. God’s love shines through perfectly in Jesus’ life. “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers” (1st John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 6:4). Jesus example of selfless love is the goal of all of His followers. He showed us that if we really love God we will do the things He asks us to. Jesus also taught us that we have to show love to everyone, even when it might be the last thing that we want to do (Matthew 5:46-48). “Let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth” (1st John 3:18; Matthew 25:34-46; James 1:22; 1st Corinthians 13:4-13).
God gives us the choice between following His son and having eternal life; and living our own way and being forgotten. Jesus dedicated his life to obeying his Father (John 5:19; 6:38). He gave himself completely to doing God’s will rather than following his human desires, even going so far as giving his life for us. In the same way we have to surrender our lives to God and do what He wants us to. One important step towards this is baptism. At baptism we symbolically “die” to our old way of life (Romans 6). We join ourselves to Jesus, becoming part of God’s family, and publicly declare our intention to live our lives in dedication to God. Then by God’s grace, we can look forward to the blessing of eternal life in the service of God, the source of all life. “This day…I have set before you life and death...Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him. For the LORD is your life” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20).
The choice that is before us is, light or darkness; love or hate; life or death.