Recently during our morning worship service our children’s choir sang a song that I am hopeful that most of us are familiar with. The song was “This Little Light of Mine.”
I must confess that I have heard this song hundreds of time prior to that morning. But for some reason this song took on a whole new meaning.
What really struck me and gave me pause to reflect were some of the lyrics of the song:
- This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
- Everywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine.
- All in my house I’m gonna let it shine.
- I’m not going to make it shine; I’m just going to let it shine.
“This little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine.”
Within each of us is the light of God. 2 Corinthians 4:6 reminds us that God has made his light in our hearts. The light that is in our hearts is what I think of as a fixture. It was there from the very day that we were born and will remain until the day we leave this world. The variable as such is us. As the light of God does exist in each of us, what then do we decide to do with it? Do we merely keep it to ourselves or do we share it? Yes, it is ours; for as the song says, it’s mine.
I also would remind us of the fact that this light that God placed inside of us is unique for each of us. The light that he placed in each of us is going to be different. For some, that light may be one of speaking encouragement to others. For others their light may be to be of service to their neighbors or community. As such, as this light is inside each of us, we are called to use this light in the way that God intends for us to. Not comparing one light to the other, or proclaiming that my light is better than yours.
“Everywhere I go I’m gonna let it shine”
Each morning that we awake provides us with the opportunity to go forth into this world. It is safe to say that these days we find much confusion, anxiety and yes darkness. It almost seems at times that the aforementioned is the rule rather than the exception. But our call as the body of Christ is to let our light shine everywhere that we go.
This light, the light of God itself is truly needed in our world today. Everywhere that we go, and everyone that we come into contact with because of this light provides us with the opportunity to impact and change the world. Yes as we take this light everywhere that we go, we will I am sure be looked upon as “peculiar,” but in doing so we are proclaiming to the world that it isn’t just about our talk, it’s about our talk reflected by our walk.
“All in my house I’m gonna let it shine”
As I have given thought to this light of mine, I do so with the somber realization that the most important place that my light has to shine is within my house. If we are to be honest it must begin at home. For we must be consistent with who we are at home as well as who we profess to be in the world. Our light cannot be one way within our homes and then something else in this world. The light displayed in our homes before our families’ sets an example for our children to emulate. As iron sharpens iron, so then will our children commit to honing their light beginning at home and in preparation to take into the world.
“I’m not going to make it shine; I’m just going to let it shine”
With each of us, our challenge isn’t to think of making our light shine, it is more than anything else letting it shine. In letting it shine, we do so by acknowledging that it isn’t about us, it is about God. By getting self out of the way, stepping aside and letting God’s light shine, then His light will illuminate as only his can. For if he is lifted up, he will draw all men unto him.
This little light of mine, that little light of yours, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
To God Be the Glory
Alan T. Black