“You are the light of the world—
like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.
No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket.
Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand,
where it gives light to everyone in the house.”
Matthew 5:14-15 NLT
Matthew 5:14-15 NLT
Light is stronger than darkness! Even the tiny light on my electric tooth brush drives back the darkness in my bathroom. Wherever light appears, no matter how small, it pushes back darkness every time.
John 8:12 NLT records Jesus as saying, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” Jesus is the ultimate light which drives back spiritual darkness. Since the fall of man, this world has been steeped in spiritual darkness which explains all the violence, hatred, greed and selfishness that goes on.
When we open our heart to Jesus, His light comes into our life, and makes us “lights of the world.” The light that now shines from us is the reflection of the Lord’s light; like moon light is a reflection of the sun. When the earth moves between the sun and the moon, the moon’s light is hidden. To the degree that we allow earthly (worldly) things to get between us and the Lord, a spiritual eclipse takes place, dimming our light.
Even if you haven’t sung the children’s song, “This little Light of mine,” you most likely have heard it. To refresh your memory, here is the main line of each verse.
“This little Light of mine, I’m going to let it shine….
Hide is under a bushel? No! I’m going to let it shine….
Don’t let Satan blow it out, I’m going to let it shine….
Shine all over the neighborhood, I’m going to let it shine….
Let it shine ‘til Jesus comes, I’m going to let it shine….Let it shine, Let it shine.”
This simple song outlines a good practice not only for children but for adults as well. While a “little light” pushes back darkness, a brighter light will push back more darkness. The more we remove the worldly stuff from our lives which hides the light of Jesus, the more we will be able to LET our light shine on everyone around us.
Lord, what an incredible privilege to reflect your light in this dark world. Help us to remove anything and everything from our lives that hinders us from letting our light shine.
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