Behold the Light of the World


“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

— John 1:1-5

As we enter into this special holiday time where festive lights are everywhere, we believer cannot help but remember that the holiday season is about Jesus—the light of the world. When we drive down the streets and see the sparkles, displays, and tree-lit lined boulevards, we cannot help but think that these lights are only beautiful in the night.

It is the dark of night that makes the lights bright and beautiful. Recently, we were praying with one of our underground church leaders who shared her heart with us.

“Sometimes the atmosphere I am in feels so dark, so heavy, like a blanket covering me.” Most of us in the West cannot put ourselves in this disciple maker’s shoes. Most of the West has not touched these dark places where GCM underground church leaders are planting churches. This is dark, hard, dry ground—ground that has not yet been tilled. These are the frontiers of missions work.

While praying for this leader, many began sharing the pictures and scriptures the Lord was putting on their hearts. One profound image stood out. That is, that in the darkest room, the smallest light, shines brightly.

What an opportunity to carry the light of Jesus within us and enter into the darkest of the dark places on the earth. This is why we hear so many stories of the Man in White appearing and signs and wonders in the Middle East—because the light is brighter in the dark.

So, this Christmas, as you are lighting your candles or tree, remember the light of Christ that is within you and how you can impact the darkness. Remember that our underground church leaders do not need much, just a small, little light. Consider sowing into these dark places this holiday season and share your light with the unreached along with us. Merry Christmas from all of us at GCM.

Please send a special Christmas gift to our disciple makers this Christmas.

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