Shine in the Darkness
We all had those songs that we loved growing up. I remember being downstairs in Children’s Church singing a bunch of awesome songs, one of my favorites being, “This Little Light of Mine.” I’m sure most of us have heard this song. This song taught us to be the light of the world. “This little light of mine-I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine-I’m gonna let shine, let it shine, let it shine.” Whether we realized it or not, from an early age we were being taught how to evangelize because the words of this song are from the words of Jesus:
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way let you light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
Recently, I read an article about the intricate way that God designed the human eye. Did you realize that if the earth was flat, or if a person were to stand on top of a mountain in total darkness their eye has the potential to spot a flickering candle 30 miles away? How amazing it is to know our eyes are so powerful! As I think about my walk of life, am I living enough within the darkness to let my light shine? More specifically, do I have enough
non-Christians in my life so that Jesus can impact their life through mine? Or, do we just live among lanterns? Think about it . . . which is easier to see, a flickering candle in total darkness, or a bonfire in the middle of the day? Jesus said that we are the light of the world. How are we going to shine? As Chris Rice writes in his song, “Go Light Your World”, he suggests: “Carry your candle, run to the darkness. Seek out the hopeless, confused and torn. Hold out your candle for all to see it. Take your candle, and go light your world.” Where are we going to take the light?