Light Changes Everything

  • August 2017 Issue
Today with Paul Nyquist

One of the great joys of my life is being called “Grandpa” by our six grandchildren, ages 1 to 6. And now that our own children are fully grown, Cheryl and I have a renewed love for ordinary parenting moments such as tucking little ones into bed.

Sometimes, after we say a prayer and read a bedtime story, they’ll call out to us because they are afraid. In the darkness, they imagine a monster lying in wait. And I get to be the hero of the story, turning on the light switch to show them that no one is under the bed or in the closet. With the room fully illuminated, their fears are put to rest.

Light changes everything, doesn’t it? Is it any wonder that Jesus referred to Himself as the Light of the World? Trapped by sin in spiritual darkness, previously blind to His truth, our path is now clearly illuminated by the Light of God. While sometimes we may be unnerved by the darkness in the world around us, we can rest assured that God’s perfect light casts out fear.

Jesus said to His disciples, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness but will have the Light of life” (John 8:12). Like the sun that illuminates our world, Jesus provides clarity and truth. He is the source of life; through Him we grow and thrive.

If you have ever gone to bed early only to have someone turn on a lamp, you realize it is difficult to partially illuminate a room. Once a light switch is turned on, it cuts through darkness. In the same way, when we accept Christ as our Savior, His light cuts through the darkness of our lives. We can see clearly and understand spiritual things previously hidden from us.

The Bible says, “God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). We, too, are called to be light in this dark world. As we reflect Christ in our lives, we shed His light in the world around us. Proverbs 4:18 says, “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day.”

The next time you turn on a light switch or see the sun rising over the edge of the horizon, remember that we serve the Light of the World, and you and I are called to reflect His light to others. Light changes everything.

BY Dr. Paul Nyquist, President of Moody Bible Institute

Dr. Paul Nyquist is the ninth president of Moody Bible Institute and featured speaker on Moody Radio’s program “Moody Presents.” With his theological training, pastoral heart and global focus, Nyquist is leading Moody to go across the globe, cultures and generations to equip people with the truth of God’s Word, using new technology, in an agile and innovative community. He and his wife, Cheryl, have been married for 30 years, have four grown children, and are proud grandparents of three grandchildren.

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