Recently when Jaguar wanted to launch its new F-PACE suv, it chose to do so on the tallest structure in the world, the Burj Khalifa. The Burj Khalifa has the largest LED illuminated building exterior in the world.
Jaguar put on a three minute LED light show on this building to showcase their new product, because they wanted the world to know about how good they thought their product was. They weren’t about to hide, they wanted their product to be showcased boldly around the world.
As children of God, we have a light that we need to let shine. Matthew 5, tell us that “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a lampstand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5: 15&16 NIV)
Why We Do Not Let Our Light Shine
In a world that is increasingly unwelcome to things of God, sometime we do not want anyone to know that we have the ‘light’. We do not want to lose friendships and connections. We do not want to be thought of as being weird.
Letting our light shine means that we will have to put ourselves out front to be scrutinized and for many of us, especially those of us who prefer to shun the limelight, this can be quite tricky.
This cannot be how we operate though, because scripture tell us that if we are afraid to acknowledge Christ here on earth, then he will not acknowledge us before God (Matt. 10: 32&33). Fear of what the world thinks must not cause us to hide our light because it is too valuable.
Some of us have the desire to let our light shine, but we have no idea how to. We might be concerned that we do not know enough about what to share with others. It is the Holy Spirit, however, that empowers us to do God’s work.
R.A. Torrey says, “It is only when the Holy Spirit Himself takes the written Word, or takes the testimony of our fellow man, and interprets it directly to our hearts that we really come to see and know Jesus as He is”. R.A. Torrey: the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.
It is not in our strength, but in the strength of the Holy Spirit that we influence the world for Christ.
Maybe letting your light shine might take you on a different path than you are now pursuing. You might have your well laid plans and you are not interested in them being disrupted.
Actually, you might be thinking can’t God just work himself into what I am now doing? But our most important goal should be allowing God’s will to be reflected in our lives.
Why we need to let our light shine
- We have something that the world needs. Jesus is the light of the world and the light of our lives. We know what a difference it makes when he comes into our lives, therefore we need to share this with others.
- We might be the only option someone has to be exposed to the light.
- God gets the glory when we let our light shine.
- This is what Jesus asks of us. We are asked to share our faith with others. That is an expectation of the christian journey.
Talk Back: Please share your thoughts. Have you ever had any difficulty with letting your light shine?