Philippians 2:14-16 (NLT)

“Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.”

reflect

The Great American Solar Eclipse came and went in 2017 with quite a bit of fanfare.

People booked hotels months in advance in cities in the path of totality. Others drove hundreds of miles to see the “once-in-a-lifetime” event. Last-minute shoppers chased rumors to find $1 eclipse viewing glasses; some paid as much as $20 a pair in the hours leading up to the big event.

The Great American Solar Eclipse was a pretty normal work day for me. I went outside my office around 2:30 p.m. and borrowed a coworker’s special glasses to get a few glimpses of the sun as the moon obscured 96% of it.

I was expecting the afternoon to turn cold and dark as midnight, but as it turns out, 4% of the sun’s light still keeps things pretty warm and bright.

A little light goes a long way.

As Christians, we are called to be light in a dark world.

Jesus said, “‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven’” (Matthew 5:14-16).

You might feel completely inept at sharing Christ with others, but let your attitudes and actions speak for you. A little light goes a long way.

Maybe you’re the only Christian in your office of 25 people or maybe you’re the only Christian in your class at school—a little light goes a long way.

You know, I hear a lot of negativity and disappointment about the direction of our country, but the fact remains that it is still filled with light-bearers. And yes, I’ll say it again: A little light goes a long way.

Let it shine.

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’” (John 8:12).

We have the light of life within us. That’s something to celebrate. Now everybody sing with me: “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” I’m sorry. I spend most of my free time with toddlers.

 react

>How can you do a better job of letting your light shine?

>What hinders you the most from sharing the love of Christ?

>Who has been on your mind lately? What can you do to reach out to him or her?

pray

> Take some time to thank Jesus that He is the Light of the world, and thank the Holy Spirit for living in you and making you the light of the world, too.

> Ask God to show you how you can shine the light of Christ in the dark places in your life and community.