Let There Be Light
By Rachel Garcia – Kids Minister
I absolutely love bright colors. It fills me with joy to see a burst of colors in a beautiful garden of flowers or a rainbow stretching across the sky on an otherwise gloomy day. Did you know that colors can even affect your mood in different ways? Studies have shown that colors like green and blue can evoke feelings of calmness and peace. The color yellow can bring on happiness and orange might even make you feel hungry.
Colors can actually be influential in many of the decisions we make and the emotions we experience. The psychology of color is fascinating, and I learned a lot about color while taking art classes. Something else I learned was that in order to see any of these colors, we first need light. Our eyes only experience color because of light and without it we only see darkness.
On the first day of God’s creation of the world the Bible tells us in Genesis 1:3-4, “Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.” God gave us light through His Word, His precious son Jesus Christ. John 1:4-5 says, “The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”
The light that He provides is more than just light for our eyes to see — it is a light for our hearts, to separate us from the darkness of sin. Jesus calls us to receive His true light and fill our lives with light. This light will expose the darkness in us and make us shine radiantly for everyone to see the Light of the World shining in us.
“Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is unhealthy, your body is filled with darkness. Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” Luke 11:34-36
How can we make sure that we are shining brightly with His light? We must turn away from the darkness of sin and turn to God — being in fellowship with Him, building a relationship through prayer and time spent in His Word. We must also be in fellowship with His body of believers, encouraging one another in truth and love.
“This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:5-7
Let the good deeds of your life be brightly colored with the Light of Jesus for everyone around you to see. When they see your goodness shining through, they will know the truth of their Father who loves them and offers salvation through His one and only Son Jesus Christ.
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14-16
“For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6