“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…” Everyone knows that these lyrics belong to one of the most loved children’s songs, but have you really thought about the words? They have great significance in the life of a Christian. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matt 5:16 NIV) God intends for us to be light in a world of darkness. Everywhere we go, whether it be the grocery store, school, the movie theater or a car lot, our light should shine for Christ. People all around us are watching our actions. When we live our lives as Christ has called us, we are noticed and Christ is glorified.
Another verse of this song states, “Don’t let Satan blow it out…” Satan is always there and he is watching and waiting to strike. One of Satan’s best weapons is discouragement. He will do his very best to wear us down. As we are out sharing the gospel of Christ, not everyone is receptive and sometimes it is even dangerous depending on where we are in the world. Satan will use every tool that he has to discourage us so that we will give up spreading the good news of Christ. Over and over in the New Testament, Paul was persecuted and imprisoned for spreading the Gospel but he continually overcame Satan’s hurdles and continued to preach and to encourage others.
A final thought: Paul said, “…do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord…” (2 Tim 1:8 NIV) “Hide it under a bushel? NO! I’m gonna let it shine, all the time, let it shine!”