Be a Light [John 1:5 Devotional]

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How to Be a Light [John 1:5 Daily Devotional]

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

John 1:5

This is in the introduction of John’s account of Jesus’s life. It begins similarly to the Genesis account of creation, which is when light enters the world. In this context, the light that John is writing about is Jesus himself. Until Jesus entered the world, the world had been in darkness and chaos. But as the world peaked in anticipation, Jesus entered the world to provide light for us.

How to Be a Light

This verse, while introducing Jesus, is also an encouragement for you. When all seems lost and your world is in darkness, Jesus is there to be the light of your life. I know it can be difficult, but you can look to Jesus when these struggles come and know that he’s there for you. So, what can you do with that?

First, start with gratitude. You can thank God for all he’s done in your life and what he’ll continue to do in and through you as you grow in your relationship with Jesus.

Next, serve others. Just as Jesus came to be a light in your life, you can be a light to other people. In fact, as you grow in Jesus, it should be your goal to be a light to others.


Jesus, thank you for bringing light into this world. Help me to see you moving in everything I do. Be with me when darkness and struggle come. It’s in your name I pray, amen.

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