The words “light” and “night” refer to either being in the truth or still being blind, not knowing the Lord Jesus Christ. It can also mean that a Christian could be living in sin or not busy doing God’s will and thus “asleep” spiritually.
To be exalted or honored, the believer has to first learn to be humble—serving people. If we come with a mindset to be above others, the Lord will put us to shame by humbling us in a humiliating way. Jesus is our example of what true humility looks like.