2 Corinthians 4:6 – For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus.
God spoke into the darkness and said, “Let there be light.” Now He speaks into the darkness of men’s hearts with the same words. In this fallen world we are born into darkness, but Christ is the light of God. When we come to know Him we are made new and take on that same light. So now we are different.
Our hearts were corrupt and evil (Jeremiah 17:9), with no room for God. But then we accepted Christ into our hearts and as David prayed, “Create in me a pure heart (Psalm 51:10),” our hearts were also made new. So, in Christ, we are a new creation; we have been purified and made righteous and God has set His light in us. Now we shine as Christ shined.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world (John 8:12),” and now that is true for us as well. As God shines His light in our hearts we receive the light that is the knowledge of the glory of God. When we have this knowledge, which is Christ, we come to know Him and become a reflection of Him. That is how you see the light of God in each other. We become a reflection of Him and Christ is seen in us.
So, as God says, “Let light shine out of darkness,” so also we must shine in this dark world. Do not hide your light; do not let it fade. Rather, let your light shine before all men so that the world may see and give praise to God. You are the light that shines in this dark world.