This Little Light Of Mine…

boy holding candleI can remember it well.  It was one of those childhood songs that I loved to sing at church.  It wasn’t just fun singing the words, it was also fun doing the motions.  Did you sing it as a child?

This little light of mind, I’m going to let it shine. This little light of mine I’m going to let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.

Hide it under a bushel – NO!  I’m going to let it shine.  Hide it under a bushel – NO!  I’m going to let it shine.  Let it shine.  Let it shine.

Won’t let Satan blow it out. I’m going to let it shine.  Won’t let Satan blow it out.  I’m going to let it shine.  Let it shine.  Let it shine.

As little children we were so proud to raise our little index finger pretending that it was our candle that we were going to let shine.  We would put a cupped hand over our finger as if it were a bushel basket and then quickly pull it off so that it wouldn’t hide the light.  Then we would protect our candle with our hand as if Satan were there trying to blow our candle out.  When I think back to that little song, I now realize that I really didn’t understand what Jesus meant when He told His disciples that they were to be the light of the world.  He went on to tell them that you don’t put a light under a bushel but on a lamp stand so that it will give light to the entire area around it.

What Jesus was telling His disciples was extremely important and it was going to be a very challenging task for them to accomplish.  Being light in a dark world is a tough assignment.  Of course, as human beings we don’t have any light to shine in and of our own selves.  In 1 John 5, John declared that God is light.  For a person to be the light of the world, he/she must first know Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior.  So a child who has not yet become a Christian cannot be a light to the world.

Second, we find that the Psalmist wrote that God’s Word is a lamp to one’s feet and a light to one’s path.  For one to be a bright light in this world, he/she must possess a strong knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.  This goes beyond mere memorizing verses.  It requires one to not only know what the Scriptures say, but also have the boldness to believe it to be true. When this happens, it will result in that person living out God’s Word in every aspect of his life.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explained to His followers that when you are a light to the world, it will be seen in your good works.  For their good works to be light to the world, their works had to be of greater significance than the human effort works of the Pharisees.  Think about a beautiful full moon shining in the dark of night.  The moon has no light of its own.  However, when the moon is rightly in line with the sun, the sun’s light reflects off the moon and can be so bright that one can see to walk around in a field at night.  Knowing that the moon cannot produce this beautiful light on its own causes the person to give the credit to the sun for what the moon is reflecting.

So it is with the Christian who is rightly in line with God (who is light).  When we are in fellowship with the Father, abiding in the Son, and continuing in the Word, we are in a position where we can reflect the glory of God in our lives.  When the lost person sees our “good works”, he knows that we are mere men and the only way we can give a bright light off by the way we live our lives is through the power and grace of God.

It is also true that light has total control over darkness.  No matter how hi-tech we become, we can never produce a dark switch.  The only way darkness can exist is by turning the light off.  When people tell me that they are so concerned by how dark the world is becoming, it causes me to be broken because it means that Christians are not giving off the light that should be.  We live in a time when Christian parents, church leaders and educators must get their lives in line with God so that we can be what God expects of us – to be the light of the world.

Before we can expect our children to be lights in this world, it is imperative that we shine so bright that they know what it really means to be the light of the world.  I wish someone would have explained to me as a child what these simple words really meant – This Little Light of Mine I’m Going To Let It Shine!

Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.  Next week I will conclude this series on the salt and light passage with, what I believe to be, the most important concept that Jesus was teaching.  Be sure to check out next week’s blog post.  Have a great week as you let your light shine for God’s glory!

Glen Schultz

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  • Sheila Carpenter says:

    I too sang that song and loved it. I taught it to the children, also. As a child I do remember thinking if I let my light shine people will know about God. I was to be the witness. I have tried to remember how old I was at the time. I have never thought about it as you have mentioned in the article. I know my Christian walk as been a gradual one. God reveals as He feels I have needed to be aware of things in my life.

    • Glen Schultz says:

      The Christian life is a continual effort to become more Christlike. I’m so thankful that God has ordained is children to eventually be like His Son.

  • Frank Lay says:

    Dr. Schultz,
    Here’s encouraging word for you. We’re posting your series on Sycamore which is our student service system and encouraging parents to share it with their friends who have students in government schools. We’re receiving some positive feedback and reports of uh-oh moments. Keep up the good work!
    Frank Lay

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