No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. (Luke 11:33)
Do you remember singing “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine…”? I’m sure many of you can fill in the rest of the words. I grew up singing this song and being so proud of the fact that Jesus is in my life. I wanted to shine His light and shine it brightly. Sometimes I wonder, if getting older causes the light in me to grow dim like song lyrics fading in my childhood. Sometimes as a child, we have no inhibitions. We will talk to anyone and share what we are proud of!
Then as we grow older, we tend to become conscious of our surroundings. We learn how politically correct we must be in our office environment, how carefully we must step around issues, and how to avoid certain topics. Well, Jesus didn’t care about being politically correct! In fact, He pretty much shattered all political agendas. He didn’t step around issues; He went directly to them. And He didn’t avoid any topic. Just one look at Luke 11 and you will see how clearly Jesus brought the light, even when it made the Pharisees a little uncomfortable.
Our lives are not about comfort! Our lives need to be focused on shining the light that is inside of us. The light that comes from Jesus alone. How will you allow Jesus to penetrate even the dark corners in your heart? Will you allow His light to shine to every crevice of your life? Will you let the light of the Lord shine through you?
Challenge: Read Luke 11
Challenging Questions: What prevents you from shining your light? How can you shine brighter for the Lord?
Memory Verse: Proverbs 31:1-3
Dear Father God, I pray that You will shine Your light in me. May You search me and know my heart. Test my thoughts and find any way in me that is not pleasing to you. Align me with Your Word, so that I may shine Your light more brightly! I desire to be more effective for Your Kingdom!
This Little Light of Mine, I’m going to let it SHINE!