Whose Light Is It Anyway?

As a young child in Sunday School I learned a song.  In it I declared “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.”  And to the question “Hide it under a bushel?”, the response was “No!”… as in “Horrors!”


Eventually I got old enough to read, on my own, the scripture that was the basis for that song.  Years later I even got brave enough to think about what that passage actually meant. I then realized that the children’s song wasn’t exactly on point.


Jesus said “I am the light of the world.”  He lights His light in us.  Then he says “No man lights a light and hides it under a bushel.”  It’s all about Jesus, who refuses to keep His followers out of sight.  He wants them out in the open, like a city on a hill, becoming a beacon for those lost in darkness.


Personally, I don’t always feel that there’s much of a glow about my spiritual life.  The good news is that it’s not up to me.  It’s His light, not mine, and He seems to be singing “I’m gonna let it shine.”




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