You are the light!

This little of mine, I’m gonna let it shine; let it shine, let it shine,
let it shine. That is one of the first songs I learned in Children’s
church. We would do the motions to parts like “Hide it under a bushel, no!”
and “Don’t let Satan blow it out…” Little did I know what profound meaning
that simple song had. We wrapped up our Impact series on Sunday talking
about speeding the light. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever
follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”
(John 8:12). The light of life. These words hit me so hard as I was
delivering the message. I have read this verse many times over the years,
but it has never reverberated as loudly as now. Could it be that too many
believers have allowed their light to remain hidden, or worse, to have gone
out? God is calling for his church to shine once again. Are you “hiding it
under a bushel?” Jesus said, “Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the
Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the
glory of the Father and of the holy angels” (Luke 9:26). Why should we
ashamed or embarrassed about our faith? Paul said, “For I am not ashamed of
the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to
everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). In essence, this light of mine has
the power to bring salvation! The Living Word lives in me and is powerful.
Have you allowed Satan to “blow it out”? Solomon said, “The light of the
righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out”
(Proverbs 13:9). What sin is there in your life that has extinguished the
joy, strength, and victory in your walk? Come back in to the light! John
testifies to Jesus being the light when he said, “In him was life, and that
life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and
the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:4-5). No matter how much darkness
you have allowed, once the light begins to shine, darkness will go away.
Darkness cannot overcome light. Invite or recommit to having Jesus (the
light) live in you. Allow his strength, wisdom, and words guide your life.
Jesus told his followers, “Let your light shine before others, that they
may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Are you
bringing glory to God by the light you are shining? You have the light of
life! Light shines brightest when there is nothing over it. Stop covering
up your life. Be proud of your Savior. He was proud to hang for you on the
cross. If the flicker has gone out, come back or commit your life to Jesus.
In Jesus there is life, and this life is the light of all mankind (John
1:4). As Paul encouraged the church of Ephesus, “For you were once
darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light”
(Ephesians 5:8) I encourage you to do the same. Let it shine, let it shine,
let it shine!

P.S. – Shout out to all of the Children’s ministry leaders out there. Thank
you for all of your hard work and dedication to children everywhere. They
are our future and we depend on you greatly! You are appreciated!!