The god of this age has blinded the minds … so that they cannot see the light of the Gospel. 2 Cor. 4: 4. This darkness pervades everywhere. We see it all around in every area of life. We know it in our lives too until the Lord touched us and transformed us.
So, God sent Jesus the true light, the light of the world to give light to those in darkness, to lighten everyone who turns to him. God who spoke light into the darkness at creation, now makes his light shine into the hearts of those who come to him. When a person receives Jesus, who is the life and light that enlightens that person. 2 Cor. 4: 6.
So those who were once darkness are light in the Lord, transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. What was lost in the fall is being restored, the abundant life is experienced, even as we wait for the final and full restoration.
Jesus said those who follow him will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life. Jn. 8:12. As His disciples we are to walk in the way Jesus walked, guided by the Word of God, and enabled by the Holy Spirit. Jesus did this not for our personal benefit alone but that those who are lightened for God are to be light in the world.
Jesus said “You are the light of the world” Matt. 5:14-16. Followers of Jesus are light-bearers reflecting the light received from Him to the world around leading and showing the way to the True Light that is Jesus. Just like John was sent to bear witness to that light that through him all might believe, all those who received the light are to bear witness. This is the calling of every believer.
The purpose of the light is not to keep it hidden but that it is to give light to everyone around them. It is to be seen by all. The life of a believer should point others to God and bring glory and praise to him. While we may be helping each other in our fellowships but how will the world see the light and praise our Father in heaven?
Scriptures are full of instruction as to how by our conduct and word we are to be lights in our neighborhoods, in our places of work, communities, and nation. We are called and sent to go out into the corrupt, polluted society carrying the light-giving message so that those in darkness may come to the True Light that is Jesus.