This little light of mine is a popular song written by Harry Dixon Loes. Like many, I grew up singing this song in Sunday School.
Matthew 5:14-16 “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”.
In these verses, Jesus is teaching a metaphor of His disciples to light. Jesus is saying that you are the world’s light. In 1 John 1:5 is says “God is Light”. Then Jesus says “I am the light of the world” John 8:12, 9:5. We are the “light of the world”. That includes our character, our conduct, our actions, and our spoken testimony.
Without Jesus and the good news of his birth, death, burial and resurrection, we have no light to offer. It is only the gospel of Jesus Christ that can rescue us from the darkness.
Some prefer the darkness and seek to remain in it. Because light and darkness cannot coexist, to remain in darkness requires a suppression of the light. Others move into the light that Jesus provides and move into a relationship with God. When our deeds are exposed to the light, we can confess them and move toward forgiveness, or we can prefer those deeds and move away from the light.
John 8:12 “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Be the light that someone in the dark sees…..let your light shine!