“That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day” (Doctrine and Covenants 50:24).
At times we find ourselves knowing that God loves His children, but we struggle to feel His love for us personally. Or we know that God answers prayers, but we doubt that He hears ours. It isn’t until we “come unto Him” through prayer, scripture study, and making and keeping sacred covenants that we become illuminated by His light.
I’ve found that it is by consistently making and keeping covenants with intensity and consistency that we can continuously feel the light and love of God. King Benjamin described this as being “steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works” (Mosiah 5:15). As I follow impressions to do good, to pray, to study the scriptures, and to try harder each day to be more like Jesus Christ, my focus changes. My consistency in these actions helps me to “keep the lights on” when it comes to being a better follower of Jesus Christ.
We Can Be a Light to Others
In photography you learn quickly that bright surfaces reflect light, while dark surfaces absorb light. People are similar. Those who possess greater spiritual light radiate that light to others. Those who are self-absorbed reflect little.
There was a period in my life when I felt stuck. I couldn't see a way forward. I had an inward focus on my own selfish needs. But what Christ wants us to do in these situations is to have an outward focus, to see others as He sees them and to help them along in their journey—that is, to give off light rather than absorbing everything for ourselves. Even though my story is imperfect, I know I’ll be all right because Christ lights the way forward, even if it requires taking a few steps into the dark.
The Savior teaches, “Ye are the light of the world,” and He instructs us to “let [our] light so shine before men, that they may see [our] good works, and glorify [our] Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14, 16). As followers of Christ, we are to receive light from virtuous sources and radiate it to others.