Scripture: 1 John 1:1-10
Observation: The apostle John starts his letter proclaiming that he had seen and touched Jesus, the one who is the “Word of Life” and brings eternal life to all of those who believe in him. He shares that God is light, and when we have a relationship with him through his son Jesus, we too are filled with light.
Application: When I first found out I was pregnant in late January, Andy and I spent hours scrolling through websites to pick out names for our future Baby Ecker. It sounds sweet and romantic, but in reality, it was basically one long battle of vetoing one another’s suggestions.
- Him: “Kai” Me: “What does that even mean? Nope, veto.”
- Me: “Avalynn” Him: “Not a chance. Veto”
- Him: “Maddux” Me: “Nope, too trendy for us. Veto.”
This went on and on. We’d even try to broker deals with one another (“If you let me name this one whatever I want, you can name all the future ones – no questions asked.”). I know, I know; parents should be mature compromisers, not trying to broker deals with one another, but it is what it is. Don’t judge us and our ridiculousness. (For the record, no actual deals were brokered; shockingly, we couldn’t agree on a deal. Ha!)
One night after we found out it was officially a boy (Andy’s dream come true!), we were throwing out more names and eventually Andy suggested “Luka," insistent we spell it with a “k” rather than a “c.” (Deal.) After a quick Google search, I learned that the name meant “bringer of light.” Something clicked in my heart and suddenly “Baby Ecker,” this somewhat nebulous creature that was growing inside of me, became Luka, our sweet boy, our joy, our bringer of light.
I felt like his name summed up every hope and prayer I had for him: that he would be a light to everyone he met – us, his grandparents, his uncle, his aunt, our friends, and eventually his friends, his future wife. And the light would shine within him not because he was good but because he was in love with a God who was good.
(Side note: LOOK AT THIS FACE. If this doesn't bring a smile to your face, I don't know what will.)
As John puts it here, “God is light, and there is no darkness at all.” (verse 5)
How powerful to live in the light! John tells us that when we live in the light, we have fellowship with one another (verse 7). We are cleansed by the blood of Jesus, no matter who we are or what we’ve done (verse 7). We are forgiven, and we experience the faithfulness of our never-changing God (verse 9).
When we come close to God, his light shines within us, breaking every stronghold of sin, everything that holds us back from the light of day.
So, live in the light today. If you feel darkness creeping into your life through depression, anxiety, addiction, broken relationships, or forgotten friendships, remember this simple truth: light is more powerful than darkness. The light is reaching out, searching for you, offering you refuge and hope and contentment. So hold on to it; let it wash over you, restore you, and renew you.
Prayer: God, fill us with light. When the darkness and brokenness of this world threatens to overcome us, I pray that your light will be a stronghold in our life, pointing us back to you, giving us hope, restoration, and redemption. Amen.
- In verse 6, John tells us that we're lying if we say we have fellowship with God but we're living in spiritual darkness. Which part of your life are you living in spiritual darkness?
- What sin do you need to confess to God today and accept his discipline and correction? (verse 9)
- How can you invite God's light into your issues and brokeness today?