“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.”
We sang this tune at worship on Sunday. What a wonderful children’s song. I remember playing this for the Sunday school children, hearing them singing with gusto as they acted out the verses. The message is clear. We are all God’s children, and in Matthew 5:14, Jesus tells us that “You are the light of the world”. We are. What a way God has of getting us involved!
The sermon was perfectly paired with this message in the song. Pastor Dan Gerritts, reminded us that “we are all created to shine,” in our own unique way. We are each blessed with individual gifts, individual abilities. Whether our personal gifts seem important or not, we are all part of the “light of the world.”
The message may seem a bit redundant, but we need to be reminded of this from time to time. “We are all created to shine.” Jesus described this in Matthew 5:16. “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
“We are the light of the world” – letting our light shine for others to see. We have to trust that our individual lives are enough, no matter how hectic or quiet they may be. God will use our strengths and even our weaknesses to further His Kingdom. Jesus’ life showed us the way, and His teachings are for us to explore and mimic.
Lord, thank you for my abilities. Help me shine my light so others can see your Way through me. Thank you for giving me this chance to contribute to the good of this world. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.