"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 your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV).
These verses must have inspired the Sunday school song, "This Little Light of Mine." Many of us remember the words to that song and have shared it with our children and grandchildren. "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine." But do we really let our lights shine?
We received a new flashlight last evening. It is a pocket flashlight with an amazingly bright light. Only about three inches long, the flashlight shines a strong beam clear across the room. It's a great way to bring light into the darkness of night, removing the fear of the unknown and making your steps sure and safe.
As believers, Jesus told us we are the light of the world. It is our task to shine our light brightly so it reaches everyone in the room. Let them be touched by the warm glow that shows your love for others, not so we can be admired, but so God can receive the glory. Let your light direct the attention of others to our Father in heaven. "Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine."