This Little Light
Posted: Thursday, August 30
2 Corinthians 4:1-12
Verse of the Day:
"If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the mind of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God... We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves." (2 Corinthians 4: 3-4, 7)
I feel like it’s becoming more and more a trend in society to celebrate an individual’s differences and unique characteristics. Qualities that make them unique, that in the past would have been hidden in shame, are now openly displayed as a testament to their individuality. We see a similar trend in people’s interests. Interests that people previously would have been embarrassed by are now becoming main stream interests, such as the Marvel movies that are based off the comics.
One of the few areas this trend is not extending to is Christianity. People are willing to share so many ares of their lives that they previously would have hidden, but when it comes to Christianity, we are often afraid to reveal that part of our nature. One of my greatest regrets in high school was that I was so afraid to let my Christianity show. High School is often a unique time in life where what people think about you is the most important thing, and I let that take over my actions. When someone asked about my church, I did everything I could to dodge the question. What impact could I have made in my school, if I would have just allowed God’s light to shine through me instead of trying to protect myself?
That is exactly what Paul is talking about here. There are so many people in this world who haven’t really gotten to hear about God’s love or encounter God’s love in a way they could recognize. Paul isn’t saying we need to do some great work of God to shine his light to the world. We simply have to be willing to let God’s light shine through us in every way, and in doing so, we can reveal God’s love to those around us. It takes a boldness, and in my life I have seen God help grow my boldness to shine his light as I have asked. Just be willing to let God work through you, because ultimately his truth is more important than other people’s perceptions.