God began His first day of creation with light. Genesis 1:1-3 (NIV) states, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light”.
Light is the beginning of all human life. Everything in the earth and oceans will perish within a few days without it. Scientists have investigated what the Bible says about creation. They have verified that the stages of creation mentioned in the Bible were in the correct, precise order to sustain life. Any sequence other than what is stated biblically would have meant unsustainable life and a dead planet. Light was the beginning of order and life in the creation of the earth.
The same principles apply to spiritual life and darkness. John 1:1-4 (NIV) says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men”.
“In Him was Life and that life was the light of men”. John is giving a profound revelation regarding light and life. He is saying that both are the same thing in Christ.
We received spiritual life from Christ when we accept Him as Savior. Paul the Apostle so eloquently said, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20 NIV). Paul is saying Christ lived in him and the way that people saw him living and the good works that he did were by faith through Him.
People also see the good works that we do, which are motivated by the life of Christ within us. Good works are the things that God does through us that give Him all the glory. The spiritual life within us is manifested physically to the world by our love and good works. The world glorifies God and is drawn into a conversation about the life within us.
Jesus said, “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” Matthew 5:16 (NIV). Christian evangelism in most instances starts with what people see and not what you say.
Evangelism is really about light. People are looking for the authentic and genuine. We have no light of our own without Christ’s life within us. Let Christ’s life within you be manifested to the world in all your circumstances. Let your “life” shine!