Today’s verse contains one of the seven “I am” statements made by Jesus that are found in the Gospel of John.
Jesus states, “I am the light of the world.”
Jesus uses the metaphor of light to describe the fact that He is the One who possesses all truth and can illuminate how we should live in this world.
Walking with Jesus allows us to gain understanding of how the world really is.
We walk by the light of truth.
In his excellent book on spiritual formation, Conformed to His Image, Ken Boa reminds us that the three virtues that encapsulate the dynamic of the spiritual life are faith, hope and love.
To experience spiritual growth…to walk in the light…we must increase in our faith, our hope and our love.
Boa goes on to describe 3 components of faith. Those 3 components are knowledge, trust, and action.
First, we must grow in the knowledge of truth contained in the Scripture.
We grow in knowledge not only as we spend time reading the Scripture, but also by replacing our personal bias, opinions and presuppositions with the truth we encounter in Scripture.
All of us see the world through a distorted lens, and that lens can only be made clear with the light of Jesus.
We each have unknowingly accepted lies that distort our view of the world. Those lies need to be undone by the light of the truth.
For example, a common lie that affects many is that our worth as a person is based on what we do. For many years, I believed that lie. That’s why I entered medicine. I believed that if I entered a profession of great worth, that would bring me greater worth as a person. I never actually formulated those thoughts into words…but I believed them subconsciously.
For many years, that lie distorted my view of life.
Now I know the truth…my worth as a person is based solely upon my relationship to the Father and the fact that He values me.
What lies are you believing today?
Prayer: Lord, help me to see the lies I currently believe and replace them with Your light and truth!