You are the light of the world…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matt 5:14a,16 NIV
When I was a kid, our family had a summer camp on the lake. On warm summer evenings I’d go to the back yard at twilight and watch for fireflies. I’d wait…and watch for darkness and those blinking little bugs to begin their nightly light show. No drum roll heralded the coming of the fireflies. Then they were there. Little bursts of yellow-green luminosity, bouncing over the yard, out into the night sky. I’d studiously follow the flickering path of light.
The bug itself wasn’t as mysterious as the light that it carried. Yet the light drew me, fascinated me. That blinking little bug sure lets his light shine! What are they plugged into? I wondered.
Jesus was the light of the world. He said, Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. When we believe in Jesus and receive Him into our hearts by faith, we become a light as well. One which is commanded to shine before all men.
Like the firefly, I’m not very big in the vast scheme of things. But God charged me with his light when I put my trust in Jesus. He put me in a darkened world to shine for Him.
Be the pinpoint of light that makes others curious to know more about God. Let Your light shine to draw others to the Light of the world.
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Gayle Ottemiller is retired after working for over thirty years with developmentally disabled adults. Her articles, devotions, and poems have appeared in War Cry magazine, The Quiet Hour, Chera, Christian Communicator, and Vista as well as Christian newspapers in New York and Pennsylvania. She currently has a book of poetry, Faith Lifts: When Life Lets You Down, which is accompanied by her own photography and a CD with several poems set to original music by Dr. Bill Cummings. She is working on a 30-day devotional for quilters, A Patchwork of Promises.