The gift of light

Stewardship 2020

BibleIconArise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. — Isaiah 60:1-2

Light. It was the very first thing that the Creator spoke into existence. We marvel at the way He created it. But today, it is important that we contemplate just what a simple, yet profound gift light is for us. 

Did you know that without light, there would be no life on this planet? That is significant! The light that shines on our planet interacts with the green plants all around the globe and the result is the production of oxygen. No oxygen, no breath. No breath means no life. Like all things in our beloved creation, it all ties together.

Light is also a key gift that our Lord gives us in our spiritual life too! Without the light that is Jesus we too would, as Paul says in Ephesians 2, be dead in our trespasses and sins. Sin is darkness and death. Jesus is the light of life.

In Jesus, this light has shown upon us. Our sin is exposed. Our death is deserved. But as the light of life pierces the darkness in which we lay, one very simple, yet truly profound gift is given. His glory rises upon us! His love shines upon us and we are given what we don’t deserve—life!

This light doesn’t stop with us either. How we use this gift of light for the sake of our neighbor also reveals God’s glory! As we consider this simple gift of light, may the Holy Spirit use that light to show just how good our Lord has been to us and how He is calling us to respond. This is all part of the wonderful task of stewardship for which we have been made and redeemed. As His light shines on us, we are created to reflect it to those around us in what we say, what we do and how we give! Simple gifts … yet profound results!


Gracious Lord, as Your light has arisen upon us in the light of the world that is Jesus, so let Your light shine in and through us today and every day. Grant us the grace to identify and use the simple gifts You call us to share in the light of Your grace today and throughout this year. Amen.

©2019 The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Used with permission.

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