Light unto this world
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)
This little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine, This little light of mine I am gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shiiiii-iiiiii-innnneeee…
This past week Pastor Jeff Schultz of Living Hope Worship Center preached on 1 Peter 3:8-16, he challenged us to look at what kind of light we are in response to that passage Peter wrote. In conclusion Pastor Jeff said there are many lights that we could be like for example a nightlight or a flash light… but those lights are for special occasions not for us to use all the time. He suggested that we should be like a Pilot Light. A Pilot Light by definition is a small gas burner kept continuously burning to light a larger burner when needed… And I agree we need to be continuously burning because we never know when we are going to need to be used by God for something greater than ourselves.
So this being said it really got me thinking about what kind of light that I think the Bible says we should be and what kind of light that I want to be. I like the idea of being a pilot light continuously burning…
So as I was thinking about it this week I believe (my opinion) we are called to be like a “STAR”…
I know right off the bat some will say that we are called to be humble and being a “STAR” sounds a little arrogant. When we think of stars we think of people that are all about themselves… I get that and that is not what I am talking about. I believe we are all “STARS” in God’s eyes and yes the Bible tells us to be humble… “
“Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God that He may EXALT you at do time…”
(1 Peter 5:6).
I think we can be “STARS” when God exalts us to be. It is a heart issue and we can never forget that what we have in life is because God’s grace and love.
Now here is the real reason I think we are called to be “STARS”
Stars burn so bright that we can see them from over 4.3 light years away… When we look up at the Stars at night we see the twinkling lights in the deep dark night sky but if we could look closer at a Star, we would notice that it is something so much greater… it burns with a fire that exceeds 18,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Like a Star we have something so much greater to offer than what you first see… We have the Holy Spirit burning inside of us! Which burns deeper and brighter than any star in the sky!
Another thing is enough Stars brighten the darkest night, we are called to be a light in this dark world just like the stars brighten then midnight darkness.
And the MAIN reason I think we are to be a light like a STAR is because Stars also never turn off…
(like the pilot light).
We may only think of the Stars in the evening but during the days it is not as if the Star is like a light switch and shuts off and on. The Star is still shining even during the day,
THE ONLY REASON THE YOU DO NOT SEE THE STAR DURING THE DAY IS BECAUSE THE SUN (SON) IS BRIGHTER THAN THE STARS…
So we to as “STARS” are to be out shined by the SON (SUN)!
So whatever light that you want to compare yourself to make sure it burns bright and is continuous. Always being ready to glorify God!
SO,WHAT KIND OF LIGHT ARE YOU?