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You Are Called to Bring Light

Today’s world is full of pain and bitterness. So many groups feel deep disappointment. So many problems seem to defy solutions. A glance at the daily headlines reveals a tide of distrust, discord, and disharmony sweeping the planet. Can Christians be effective in such an environment? Not unless they recognize the pain and perplexities that abound wherever real people encounter the real struggles of everyday existence.

Jeremiah serves as a model for how to make a sober, realistic appraisal of human need. As he witnessed the devastation left in the aftermath of Jerusalem’s fall, he reflected on the darkness and despair that covered the city (Lam. 3:1–18).

am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of His wrath.
He has led me and made me walk
In darkness and not in light.
Surely He has turned His hand against me
Time and time again throughout the day.

 

Yet having looked that harsh reality in the eye, he then turned an eye toward God. He recognized that God was the only hope that remained for his people—hope in God’s mercy, compassion, faithfulness, and goodness (vv. 22–24).

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”

 

Like Jeremiah, Christians today have a message of hope to offer the world—the hope that is in Jesus Christ. We do not have all the answers to today’s needs and problems, but we have the Lord. He is the light of the world, and we are called to bring His light into this dark world (Matt. 5:14–16; John 1:4, 5; 1 John 1:5).

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. – Matthew 5;14

 

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. – John 1:4

 

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. – 1 John 1:5

 

God could have used angels or miracles or numerous other means to announce His message. Instead, He has chosen everyday people to carry His message. Working through ordinary people facing the ordinary issues of day-to-day life, God intends to let the world know that there is hope beyond the problems and frustrations of the here and now.

Are you fulfilling this calling in your life?

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This commentary is from the New King James Study Bible. With more than 2 million copies sold, it’s no secret that the NKJV Study Bible is a reliable guide for your journey into God’s Word. This Bible provides a complete resource for study, including thousands of notes, articles, extensive cross-references, and features contributed by top evangelical scholars.

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13 comments on “You Are Called to Bring Light

  1. John burford says:

    I have the new king James study bible.

    1. John.Andrade@harpercollins.com says:

      Hi John,

      Thank you for your purchase! Hope you are well!

      John

  2. Stephano Edward says:

    It is encouraging message.

  3. John Onifade says:

    Good message in time like this. Thanks for the inspiring words

  4. Jasna says:

    Great,this help in our everyday life!

  5. Ricky Butler says:

    Can I get this in a large or giant print. Is it available in large or giant print?

    1. John.Andrade@harpercollins.com says:

      Hi Ricky,

      The NKJV Study Bible comes in a 9-pt large print. We do not have a giant print edition available at this time.

      John

  6. Jorge Zavala says:

    Do you have this bible in spanish?

  7. Susan Moore says:

    I do not understand why you do not come out with the font size 10.5 to 11 min. This will stop me from purchasing this Bible and it looks lovely.

    1. John at Thomas Nelson Bibles says:

      Hi Susan,

      We appreciate your feedback. It is a challenge to fit all the study notes and historical articles into the NKJV Study Bible at a giant font size without making the NKJV Study Bible too difficult to carry. The larger the font, the more pages, and the heavier the Bible. At the moment, we don’t have a plan for the NKJV Study Bible to be in giant print but we are always looking for ways to delivery a great reading experience at whatever size the font.

      Thanks again for your feedback!
      John from the Thomas Nelson Bibles Team

  8. Margaret Kariuki says:

    I don’t think one has to literary have to carry the hand Bible you can have an online one. And you can access it whenever and whatever time you want.

  9. Ruth Deaville says:

    This reading and commentary on Jeremiah and how he met the challenge given to him by God has made me understand and accept why we are called to service and why God wants us to change the world through our own faith and actions. He wants all mankind to be empowered by and in His Light, so that through our own deeds we enlighten, heal, forgive and bring loving compassion to all. We do not need to expect or wait for God to correct all the ills of man! He has given us the authority to do so in His name! Praise The Lord! Amen

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