It can be easy to become so distracted and discouraged by what is wrong in our lives, and how bad things seem to be, that we fail to look at how good God is and the good things He is doing for us. That’s why it’s important for us to remember that, despite whatever bad that’s taking place in our lives, He has promised us a bright future.
Jesus acknowledged His purpose and assignment when He said, “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness” (John 12:46). As a son or daughter of God, you have the same purpose. You are responsible to be a light in the world that is filled with darkness. To do that, you must make sure you’re in the right position—that you steer clear of people, places, activities, and things that do not reflect God’s image.
Ever notice when you see birds flying together, they’re usually synchronized? They’re all going in the same pattern and direction. The same is true for most people who “flock” together. Whatever they do, they do together—whether good or bad. It can be hard to disconnect from the people you’re closest to, but if what they’re doing is bad, it’s not good to be part of it.
God has called you to live a righteous and holy life—to be His example in the earth. But He knows it’s not the easiest thing to do. That’s why He reminds us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Your negative thoughts can lead to having the wrong perspective about yourself and your purpose.
You need only read 1 John 2:15-16 to see why the ways of the world are not recommended for the believer: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Before He ascended into heaven, Jesus told His disciples, “Ye are the light of the world…Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16). You are God’s light in the earth. Light gives guidance. It brings hope and revelation, and provides illumination to a world of darkness.