For those of you how don’t know, I’m the director of Preschool ministries at GFBC and I oversee all preschool activities for church on Sunday, Wednesday or any church event. I’ve worked with children and preschool for over 25 years. One thing I see is how precious the faith of a child is. They soak up everything you can tell them about Jesus and his friends in the Bible. They love to sing and worship, and lately I’ve realized how much we as adults can learn from preschool songs. Today I’d like to share with you what the Lord has been showing me through the song, “This Little Light of Mine.”
“This little light of mine” – This phrase doesn’t say it has to be a big light, it speaks of a little light. Even if you are at a point in life where there’s only a sliver of light, if you let that light shine, it drowns out the darkness. It’s been said that if you are in a dark room and you open the door to a lighted hallway even just a crack, the darkness doesn’t enter the hallway, the light enters the dark room. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)
“I’m gonna let it shine” – This phrase indicates that we have a choice. We can let it shine or we can choose not to. God gives us all the freedom to choose. Sometimes we choose to shine the light of hate, anger, resentment, judgment over showing others the light of Jesus in our lives. What kind of witness are you being for the Lord? Will you choose to let your light shine today? “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
“Hide it under a bushel, NO” – This phrase indicates that that light can be hidden. I think at times our human flesh can be afraid to share this light with others. What will they say? We will lose a friend over sharing the gospel and asking tough questions? Will we be attacked for asking tough questions and having hard conversations with people about salvation? Will we be fired from our jobs because we simply shared the gospel? It can be difficult, but the Lord says: “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory and the glory of the Father and the holy angels.” (Luke 9:26)
“Don’t let Satan blow it out” – This phrase indicates that we must be protective of this light. We must be careful not to let the sin of this life cause the light to be snuffed out. The enemy is constantly looking to see how he can tempt us and lead us away from the Lord. He doesn’t want our light to shine to lead others to Christ. “Control yourselves. Be on your guard. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion. He prowls around looking for someone to chew up and swallow.” (1 Peter 5:8)
“Let it shine till Jesus comes” – Life can be weary; we can get so caught up in the busyness of life that we pay more attention to what’s going on in our own lives instead of continuing to persevere and let the light of Jesus shine. The Word always warns us about this and encourages us with this: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
So today, choose to let your light shine, don’t hide it, don’t let the enemy blow it out and shine bright until Jesus comes!