This Little Light of Mine

So many times we consider this just a children’s song; but don’t we as adults need to let our light shine too?

Also He said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand?” (Mark 4:21) Why do we light a lamp? Don’t we light it so that it can provide light for a dark place?

Why is the world getting so dark? Is it because the church (Christians) has put its light under a bushel (afraid of offending people)? Have we allowed Satan to blow it out (trying to be so like the world that we’ve lost our witness)?

According to John 1:5, Jesus came as “the light” shining “in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” Jesus said that we, his disciples, are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). Sometimes we have a problem with our light because we think of it as only an individual thing. “I’m not able to do anything about the darkness; I’m just one little light.” But if all of us put our light together, wouldn’t we then be “a city that is set on a hill” that “cannot be hidden”? Are we one candle or a city of lights? Each of us individually is the light; but we’re not in it alone. One light pierces the darkness, but all the lights together can defeat it!

Peter says that we have been “called out of darkness into His marvelous light” (I Peter 2:9). We need to be reminded that it is not our light that needs to shine in this dark world but His light. He is the “true light that gives light to every man” (John 1:9).

So many of us have believed that to let our light shine, we just need to live a good life. But at some point, don’t we need to say something? At some point, if we want others to come to the light, we need to tell them how. We need to authentically love people (I Thessalonians 3:12; I Corinthians 13:1). We need to listen to their stories. We need to hear from the Holy Spirit and discern what is the best response, and then, we do need to answer (Colossians 4:5-6; I Peter 3:15).

Let’s let our light shine in our homes, when our neighbor comes, and never hide it under a bushel!

Categories Pastors Blog | Tags: | Posted on May 27, 2016

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