Pastor Scott, our south campus pastor, told a story this morning of he and his son running early one morning and only one of them had a running head lamp. Scott tried his best to shine a light both on his path and his son’s path as they ran, but it was difficult.
In the book of John, John the Baptist says, “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord ,” ’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:23, 29 NKJV)
John is acting as a light (‘a voice crying in the wilderness’). The difference is that he is not shining the light for himself. He has the light inside himself and therefore he is able to shine a light for others.
A couple thoughts: 1) if you have light, you can give light (conversely, if you don’t yet have light you can’t give it), 2) once you come to the light, what do you do with it? If you try to keep it to yourself, it’s like hiding a light under a container.
Jesus said, “Let your light so shine among men that they may see your good deeds and glorify God in heaven.”
I grew up in church and therefore I have a particular song forever ingrained in my head: This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
Shine bright today. The world needs your light.