This passage from Proverbs 13 has become something of a life verse for me:
There you have it – the biblical mandate to let your light shine. As followers of Christ – especially in these dark times – we are to help illuminate the darkness, rather than simply acclimating to it.
After all, an end is coming for those who perpetuate wickedness and darkness in this world. According to this verse, the “lamp of the wicked is put out.” As in extinguished, never to be seen or used again.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my lamp to be extinguished; I want my light to shine! And to not shine in an average way – according to this verse, “the light of the righteous shines brightly.”
The stars in the sky help me to understand this concept more clearly. At night time, we look up in the sky and see countless numbers of stars with our naked eyes, and it seems like they are so close to us that we can almost reach out and touch them. However, these celestial bodies are so far away from us in actuality that it’s quite remarkable that we are able to perceive them. The only way that we know that stars exist is because they shine so brightly; consequently, our human eyes can perceive them clearly – even from light years away.
So let’s follow the example of the stars and remember to illumine the darkness by shining brightly. The star accomplish this goal by doing what they were designed to do, and we can behave in a similar fashion, too.
Dear Lord, I thank You for this reminder to shine brightly and illuminate the darkness around me. Help me to not be afraid, and to be bold enough to utter the simple prayer that activates the power of the Light Who resides within us: “Lord, use me – within the sphere of my influence, abilities, and interests – to draw others to You, and bring glory to Yourself.” In Your name I pray, Amen.