“This little light of mine…I’m gonna let it shine…”
The message of this catchy little song for kids is POWERFUL! I mean, when you really think about the words, shouldn’t this be the goal? Just letting our light shine?!
Ever felt left out, that you don’t matter, or that you’re not good enough?
Or maybe that others don’t really see you. The real you. The you with unique qualities and special gifts, talents, feelings and perspectives that make you who you are.
Maybe you feel a little odd, like you don’t fit in, or could it be that regrets and mistakes from your past come back to haunt you?
Perhaps you don’t feel pretty enough, or smart enough, or talented enough.
GOD says that you ARE enough.
No matter what anyone else, including YOU thinks!
YOU ARE ENOUGH!
As a child of God, you are loved. You are chosen. You are enough. So, let your light shine!
Matthew 5:16 says: 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.
Remember Leah from the Old Testament? She was Jacob’s first wife, but his second choice.
Jacob’s heart was captivated by Leah’s beautiful sister, Rachel. Jacob loved Rachel with all his heart, but his father-in-law tricked him into marrying Leah instead.
He ended up marrying Rachel too, and the stage was set for some pretty tricky family dynamics.
Leah had his babies. But Rachel still had his heart. One son, then two, and three…with each birth Leah hoped that her husband would come to love her. It didn’t happen. But God didn’t leave her hanging.
Genesis 29:31-35 recounts the story:
31 When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.
32 And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said, “Because the Lord has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.”
33 She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon.
34 Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will be attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore his name was called Levi.
35 And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she ceased bearing.
With her fourth son, Leah chose to praise the Lord, naming the baby “Judah”, the Hebrew word for praise.
She stopped trying to win her husband’s love, and instead, turned her attention to loving her God, who loved her all along.
Rejection hurts. But rejection is a part of life.
Being rejected by others should never interfere with our serving the Lord.
Because of Leah’s heart for the Lord, He blessed her beyond measure.
Although Rachel also bore sons for Jacob, the Messiah, the “Lion of Judah”, Jesus our Savior, was born of Leah’s line.
Seek the Lord, and He will never reject you. Turn your heart to Him, and He will bless you in more ways than you can think or imagine!
Another Old Testament sister who rocked history was Rahab. (Joshua 2:1; Joshua 3, Joshua 6:17-25; Hebrews 11:31 and James 2:25 all mention her story.)
Rahab was a heathen prostitute who hid the Israelite spies when they came in to check out the Land of Canaan.
Because of her God-honoring choices, God took away her shame and gave her a nice Jewish husband. (Her husband, maybe not by coincidence, was of the tribe of Judah!)
Rahab became the mother of Boaz, who was the father of Obed, who was the father of Jesse. And Jesse was the father of King David.
So Rahab was King David’s great, great-grandmother! And a direct ancestor of Jesus!
Past sins should never interfere with serving the Lord.
Don’t ever let anyone, including yourself, tie you to the sins of the past, when you were created to move forward as you grow in the new life He has given you!
His Grace will cover you, and He will equip you for whatever He has in mind for your life.
In the meantime, as you wait for His plan to unfold:
- Accept His forgiveness and acceptance. Let it seep into the core of your being that He loves YOU! Just the way you are!
- Acknowledge your gifts, talents, skills and abilities. All these are blessings from God and all the proof you need that He created you for a special purpose. It’s okay to be humble. Give Him the glory! But don’t deny your gifts. Your heavenly Father picked them especially for you!
- Remember that God is a creative genius and that He planted seeds of creativity within you. Find your “something” that you enjoy and bring Him glory through what you do.
- Use your talents, creativity, skills and abilities to bless others whenever you can. God puts opportunities all around us. We just have to open our eyes and look. Sometimes it can be as simple as taking food to a sick neighbor, singing a song He has laid on your heart to give Him praise and lift up someone else, or even using a common interest to make a connection that can open doors to share the Gospel.
- We all have unique passions too. Maybe you have a heart for the elderly, or for orphans, or foreign missions. Find ways to serve Him in the ways you are passionate about!
- Don’t compare yourself to others. We are the body of Christ. All parts are important. If we were all the same the body couldn’t function, and the world would be a boring place. Be yourself, use what He has blessed you with, and don’t get caught up in comparisons. YOU are His wonderful creation, His treasured possession.
Think about the verse of “This Little Light of Mine” that says: “Jesus gave it to me! I’m gonna let it shine!”
He did, you know! Whoever you are is exactly who He created you to be!
We are still works in progress this side of Heaven. He is constantly molding us into His image. But the basic building blocks are there!
He gave you all the wonderful qualities you possess, so figure out what they are and use them for His glory!
Deuteronomy 7:6 says “For you are a people holy the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the people on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession.”
Haggai 2:23 says: “I will make you like my signet ring, for I have chosen you,” declares the Lord Almighty.”
Let your light shine!