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This Little Light of Mine

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Almost everyone, even those who never stepped foot into a Sunday school class as a child (like myself), knows the lyrics to the song “This Little Light of Mine.” Sing along now: 

This little light of mine,

I’m gonna let it shine. 

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. 

You just couldn’t help but sing it in your head, could you? Or maybe you threw caution into the wind and sung it out loud, possibly causing your coworkers or family members to begin singing it quietly to themselves, as well. It’s a catchy tune that has serious spiritual application. 

I wonder when the last time was that some of us really let our lights shine. Let’s take a look at the biblical origins of this tune before we get into some application and a heart check. 

There are two main verses from which this tune could have originated, one being Matthew 5:16 (ESV): “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” According to Strong’s Concordance, the Greek word for light in this verse is phós, which means “light, a source of light, radiance.” 

The same Greek word for light is found in Luke 11:33: “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.” 

In these two verses, the Greek word used for light implies that there is a much deeper connotation that just a simple brightness. The verses are speaking about the source of the light. So we could really read Matthew 5:16 like this: “In the same way, let [the source of] your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. 

This light is more than just mere illumination; it lights up the lives of those living in spiritual darkness, as it says in Matthew 4:16: “[T]he people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light…” 

So if we put it all together, we see a clear point being made: Jesus is the Light, and He shines forth brightly through those who reside in Him. 

How do we go about letting our light shine then? Well, I believe that the simplest answers are in our everyday interactions with our friends, coworkers, family members, and even strangers. Colossians 3:17 tells us that “[W]hatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” 

Whether it’s taking out the trash, washing down tables, walking dogs, babysitting, waiting in lines, listening to a heartbroken friend, sharing the gospel – whatever we do means whatever we do, whether or not someone is watching. You never know when someone may be watching. Will that someone see His light shining through you? 

The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin,

The Light of the world is Jesus!

Like sunshine at noonday, His glory shone in;

The Light of the world is Jesus! 

Come to the light, ’tis shining for thee;

Sweetly the light has dawned upon me;

Once I was blind, but now I can see:

The Light of the world is Jesus!                                                                 

Philip Bliss


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