“You are the light of the world – like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see.  Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all.  In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”   – Matthew 5:14-16

As I tucked my son into bed tonight I was amazed by the amount of light shining from his night-light.  One little bulb was enough to create a soft glow throughout the entire room!  Total darkness was chased away by that one 10-watt bulb.

This reminded me of  the candle light service at church on Christmas Eve.  The flame from one candle was not only enough to bring light into the darkness for all to see, but also enough to be shared with each and every person, young and not-so-young, as the flame was passed from one candle to another until everyone’s candle was aglow.

Christ came to earth to be a light unto the world (John 8:12).  His earthly presence among us brought light to chase away the darkness.  He cast His  light and love into the hearts of believers, and they in turn shared His light with others, passing on the flame just as we did in our candle light service on Christmas. 

We ‘ve celebrated the birth of Christ, now let us celebrate His life by sharing His light, remembering that often the littlest of flames can make the biggest differences. 

Just as one little night light was enough to chase away the darkness from an entire room, the light of Christ you share will surely light another’s heart, even if done in the smallest of ways. 

Honor the life and death of Christ by letting your little light shine! 

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for sending Christ to be a light unto the world.  The Bible tells us that we are to shine His light for all to see by doing good deeds that lead to your praises.  Please show us how, Lord.  In this coming year, please lead us in ways that let our lights shine for You.  In Jesus’ precious name I pray.  Amen.