We Are People of Light


“You are the light of the world,” Jesus tells us. That’s sounds intimidating! After all, Jesus is supposed to the Light of the World. Actually, Jesus is telling us who we are because we follow him. If we are following the Light, we cannot help but reflect that light ourselves. He reminds us that: “No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house.” We are already light. The question is: are we under a basket or on a lamp stand? Are we hiding our light, or are we shining it for those around us?


For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. 

              — Ephesians 5:8


Reflect on this week’s scripture. Are there any words or ideas that especially resonate with you or challenge you?

Be a candle this week! Remember that you are the light of the world, so be who you are. What are the ways you hide your light? What are the lamp stands that will let you give light to those around you? Remember that each of us is a unique candle. We each shine our lights in a way no one else can.

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  • What has been darkness in your life? Darkness shows up in many ways: our losses, addictions, depression, estranged relationships, poverty, injustice, and on and on. How does Jesus the Light shine in those dark places? How might you be a light for others in similar darkness?

  • Our lights nourish others with goodness, rightness, and truth. What do each of these mean to you? How does your light nourish others with good, rightness, and truth? How do the lights of others nourish you?



You are the Light of the World, And I am the Light of the World. Help me to live as a Child of Light,

Bearing fruit of goodness, rightness, and truth.