This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
Yesterday, this little song kept going through my mind yesterday. It’s not a song traditionally sung in my church. I learned it from my sweet little great-grandma when I was a young child. The principle is true.
Mathew 5:14-6 teaches that, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”.
So many people ‘hide their light under a bushel (basket)’ because they do not think that their little light can possibly make a difference. I wonder why that is.
Just think about what a difference one person’s light makes in this world. My light, my testimony and faith in Christ may be small, but it can still chase away even the most stubborn darkness. Thankfully, I see lots of flames flickering around me in this ever darkening world. Together, our collective lights are a force to be reckoned with! Together we shine light on goodness… light shown on goodness multiplies and is a worthy use of our light.
Our light is also needed in places where evil festers. Without a well placed light, too often the pool of evil grows and those most vulnerable suffer.
Simply put, we need the light.
Light focused on the issues that plague this world can provide impetus for repentance, for the kind of change to which we as people committed to compassion are called. Our individual lights won’t make this a safe for place by ourselves, but our lights gathered together upon the faithfulness of those using their communal voice for good will provide witness and courage for the struggle to continue.
“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” ~ Marianne Williamson
The world as a global village, interconnected in ways social, economic, cultural, environmental. My little light is shining – can you see it? Is yours? Do you have a basket over your light as Jesus talks about in verse 15 of chapter 5 when you are in the world?
I’m not suggesting everyone wear a t-shirt that states, “Choose Jesus or choose Hell.” But there are ways I can be a Christ-like example to those around me. How is my manner of speech around people? Do I curse a lot or gossip? Do I prayerfully consider how I can help others in need? Do I practice what I preach? When people look at me, do they see a Christian? If people can look at me and notice something different, my hope is that they too will desire that peace and joy that comes with having a relationship with our Lord, and turn their lives over to Him.
It is His light that I let shine. It is His light the shines forth into the darkness and brings to light all those things that may hold us back or keep us from peace and happiness.
We don’t always know how Jesus will use us as we shine Him in us. That’s not the most important thing anyway. Most important thing is that the lost and lonely see the light in their dark world and draw to The Light which is Jesus Christ.
I say… Let It Shine! Join me! Let It Shine and watch the cockroaches of the world shatter in the brilliant light!