Lesson Seven • Devotion #1: Light Shines out of Darkness

“Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:1-6

A quick reset. Who is God? Why am I here? 

Going to school in New York, I got the chance to interact with a lot of people. Whether it was from walking down the street to riding the subway or sitting in a coffee shop, I had a choice on topics of choice or silence. This gave me a lot of opportunities to talk to people about a bunch of different things. I wish I could say I was able to share the Gospel with all of them, but that is not how it happened. However, when I was able to share my faith and hear their story, all were trying to find their purpose and who or what was their god. 

It is good to do a quick reset and start where the Bible starts. 

Genesis 1:1 – God is the creator of all.

Genesis 1:2 – God is with His creation.

Genesis 1:3-4 – God speaks light into existence and separates the light from the dark.

In 2 Corinthians 4:6, Paul is bringing the people back to these truths when he says, “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness.’”

It is important for us to remember who God is. He is the all-powerful God who created all, but the story does not end there – man sins and is separated from God. Jesus being fully God took on our nature, was born, lived the perfect life without sin, and died on the cross for our sins, and beat sin and death by rising from the dead three days later.

We are to take this Gospel and proclaim it to the nations. 

We all have a ministry to tell the people around us the Gospel. This ministry is not something you have created or earned, but it is by the mercy of God. Our purpose is to shine the light of the Gospel in this dark and broken world and to give glory to God in all that you do.

Reset your life and look for the opportunity to share your faith.

You know the Gospel, so share it 

You know that God is working in your life, so look for it. 

You know that your ministry is a mercy from God. 

You know the people around you are broken and in darkness. 

If you do not know an answer to a question, say, “I don’t know, let me do some research and get back to you.” 

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