July 30 Carry the Light

scripture reading: John 1:1–34
key verse: John 1:4

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

John described Jesus as the Light of the World, for “in Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). In actuality, Christ was God’s first missionary. He was the bearer of redemption, of sins forgiven, and of God’s grace for all humanity.

His words of acceptance and love moved men and women to immeasurable points of commitment to God. Their lives were changed, their hopes renewed, and their hearts made pure, all because they heard the gospel message and believed in God’s Messenger.

When Jesus died on Calvary, His earthly mission was complete. Salvation’s pathway was no longer closed. Instead, all of heaven was opened to everyone who would trust in God’s Son.

As a Christian, you are His chosen light of hope to a world bound in the darkness of sin. You cannot escape the call of His commission. You may not be called to an overseas mission field, but as a child of God, you are called to carry the light of the gospel to those around you.

You are a missionary to the people in your office, in your family, on the commuter train, on the airplane, and in the garden club. Wherever there is darkness, Jesus wants you to shine His light of love and salvation.

Lord, You were a missionary, and Your mission is complete. Help me fulfill my mission. Raise me up to bear the light of Your Word to the darkest recesses of this sinful world.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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