Day 1: Light of the World

Read: Start by reading John 1:1–4 out loud a few times. 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind” (John 1:1–4 NIV).

Meditate: What words are especially meaningful to you today?

Did God really make us on purpose and for a purpose?

What if we choose to believe He did, and we find ourselves waking up every day this year excited about life and about serving God? Do you think it would cause a commotion?

God made us, and He put us in this time period for a purpose today, January 1, 2018!

Why are we here? What freedoms do we experience today that we may not have experienced had we opened our eyes to find the date to be January 1, 1907?

As we begin today, let’s remind ourselves that we are here on purpose. John 1:3a says, “Through Him all things were made”—and that includes us. We know, then, that He wants us here. 

Stop and think of God in the beginning, without a linear time line, existing with the Word.

We might also question our purpose. Getting involved in God’s plan means that we’ll listen to His voice. Let’s practice listening.

Wait and listen for His voice

Notice: Consider your neighbors. Who are your neighbors? What are their names? What are their needs? (Say three of the names and pray a sentence prayer for them.) 

God wants us to have life so that we can know Him and be His light. How might being aware of His presence, His life in us, every moment be a light to other people?

Just as God spoke and created the world, we can speak life into others. Let’s begin by intentionally speaking a word of life today as God directs us.

Let’s live today on mission with God.

Pray: Each time you see a streetlight today, pray for the three neighbors you mentioned in prayer.