How to Be a Light in the Darkness: 3 Keys from Scripture


I still remember stuffing my little red car as full as is humanly possible, preparing for my freshman year at a university two states away. Most of that stuff proved to be sorely unneeded, as I then had to find a place for it all in my narrow half of the dorm room! Little did I know that, rather than dorm furnishings, I most needed guidance on how to be light in the darkness. My faith was challenged that year in a way that both frightened me and woke me up to the ever-pervasive darkness in the world.

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:5)

This verse from the book of John may paint a sad picture of the world’s lack of understanding, but it also gives us hope. The verses preceding it remind us exactly Who we represent when we cast His light into the darkness.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:1-5)

From this passage, and many more, we are given not only the truth about the dark state of the world, but also the “how-to” of being light. I pray these Scriptures encourage you, inspire you, and motivate you to be light in your own dark corner of the world.

Here are three ways Scripture tells us how to be light in the darkness.

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