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This little light of mine... I'm gonna let it shine!


There is an old song I learned as a little rascal in what our church called "Children's Church" that went like this: “This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine... let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!" I sang it, but I didn't always live it out.

The Psalmist declared, “This the day that the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24)!  How often we who claim to be forgiven, washed clean, and covered in the righteousness of Christ Jesus… how often we fail to live each day as if we truly understand, believe, and are thankful for what the Lord has done for us.


I recall an old hymn that said, “Count your blessings, name them one by one… and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”  There’s a lot of truth to that, but this world has taught us – rather well, I might add – that we should look for the negative.  Complain and murmur.  Groan, and when asked how we’re doing, say, “Oh, I guess I’ll make it,” or, “I’m alright” (with just enough inflection that people will know we’re no more excited or better off than they are (and they don’t know Jesus Christ… they may know OF Him, but they don’t KNOW Him).  One must question just how well WE do based on such a pitiful testimony of such an incredible God.


If all we have to doffer others is the same thing they see in everyone else (who is without hope in Christ), then where is our witness?  Where is our confidence?  What are we really focused on?


Psalm 107 starts by saying, “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!  For His mercy endures forever” (COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS), and the Psalm continues with “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, who he has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.”  If you have asked Christ to forgive you of your sins, to come into you your heart, and to be Lord of your life (thereby giving you life, for the life that you once lived was not life in its fullest sense)… you have something to be excited about!cc


According to Psalm 78:40-42, God’s children, the Children of Israel, did NOT remember the day that they were redeemed from the hand of the enemy.  They did NOT remember the day they were delivered from the hand of their adversary.  And, as they exchanged the proper view (a focus on the goodness of their Deliverer) for the same view the rest of the world holds (hopelessness and despair in a life quickly passing), the Psalmist declares they limited God.  How often do we also limit God?  How often do we – His children – who He desires to bless limit His ability to open the windows of heaven and pour down blessings upon us… all because we do not look to Him with thanksgiving, living our lives DAILY remembering the salvation of our Lord, the blessings of being adopted by the One true and living God who loves us and watches over us every moment of the day?!


How many times have we missed divinely appointed opportunities to minister to someone… to witness to someone about the goodness of a merciful God, simply because we did not wake up and reminder ourselves of His goodness, and our incredible position of being a recipient of grace and blessings beyond measure?  Perhaps in part this is why Paul learned to crucify his flesh, and to “die daily” to his will and fleshly tendencies, preferring rather to let the Lord live through Him… being focused on Christ rather than being focused on himself and the things of this world.  May we also remember to declare the goodness of the Lord and crucify our worldly thinking, replacing it with a testimony of praise and declaration of His goodness!  This can happen, our thought patterns will be transformed, and we will be more a more effective tool in the hand of the Master if we will – with intention and determination – place our focus on Christ, the blessings He has placed upon us, and spend time in His word… time in His presence… time seeking His face.


At RRVCC we’ve frequently said, “Relationship is spelled, T-I-M-E.”  This is not only true of human relationships, but also regarding our relationship with the God who created the heavens and the earth, who created each of us (with a plan and purpose for our lives), and who loved each of us so much that He suffered the penalty for our sins that we might be able to find eternal life in and through Him, the Resurrection and the Life!  Praise God, He who the Son sets free is free indeed!  Another old song says, though “I once was lost in sin, Jesus took me in; and then a little light from heaven filled my soul…”, praise God!  May we not cover that light up – or put it out – with the things of this world.  Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men that they might see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven” (Matt. 5:16).



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