2/20/16

This Little (Flash)light of Mine

There are many kinds of lightslighthouse lights, spotlights, flashlights, lantern lights, candles, even laser beams with concentrated light that can kill or heal.

The light we are to shine in the world as Christ-followers (Matthew 5:16) isn't our light; it is God's light shining through us. It's Jesus the "Light of the World" (John 8:12).


We all have the light of Christ, if we are in Him.

"For God, who said, 'Light shall shine out of darkness,' is he One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:6).

The Lord has "shone in our hearts to give us the Light" of who He is and what He has done.

We who were "once in darkness" now are "light in the Lord" and we must learn to walk as His "children of light," seeking to discern how to please Him (Ephesians 5:8-10).

But I'm convinced:
we all have different WAYS to "shine." 
  • Some people shine like lasers, exposing and cutting away everything that is born in the darkness of sin so the soul can heal. 
  • Some people, like a lighthouse, always point people to the only hope of safety for eternity. 
  • Others are helpful as they shine like spotlights on others to encourage them on the stage of life. 
  • Some are like candles, just little flickers, but simply and effectively dispelling the darkness around them.
  • (I'm sure you can think of other kinds of "lights" and how they minister to others.)
I think I'm a flashlight. 

I like to search for truth and then highlight it and point forward for others, saying, "If you want to walk through your journey well, walk here ... and here ... and here ... one step at a time, one choice at a time.

We shine according to our calling, spiritual gifts, personalities and learned skills. 

We don't all shine the same way, because our Creator made us as unique "holders" for His light and He has given us individual experiences.
We shine best for God's glory when we cooperate with how He made us.
Oh, how I wanted to be the intense light of a laser earlier in my walk with the Lord. But it was silly.

A flashlight will never be a laser beam (even though there might be moments they feel the same). No one wants a laser when a flashlight is what's needed at the moment (and vice versa)!

Today, more content and not comparing, I am learning to sing, "This little (flash)light of mine ... I'm gonna let it shine ...."

How are you reflecting the Light of the World—Jesus? Are you shining in your own unique way, with the creative design and perspective that make the Creator smile?


Graphic of flashlight - Image courtesty of Keerati at FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

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