This Little Light of Mine

by Joanna Pierce on October 18, 2017

When I was a young child, I remember being asked in school what I wanted to be when I grew up. I’m not quite sure where I came up with the idea, but I wanted to be an astronaut. I was fascinated with the idea of going up into space, seeing the stars up close, and exploring the universe.

When I was older, I watched an enthralling documentary on an astronaut’s life in space. I saw how they slept, floated around in a zero-gravity environment, used the restroom/shower facilities, and even fed themselves.

You’d be surprised to know that the one aspect which deterred me from pursuing a career in aero-space was how astronauts ate their food from a tube. Yes folks. NASA never saw me step one foot onto their premises because of how they packaged space food…what a shame.

But, today, years later, I’m still amazed when I look up at the stars. The night’s sky covered in a blanket of twinkling stars just takes my breath away. There’s such beauty in how God created these giant balls of burning gasses to show light to us on earth, even miles and miles away.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16, KJV).

We are called to be a light in this world. We all seem to say, “Sign me up, I’ll be the star—I’ll shine the light of Jesus.” But, we don’t realize what letting our light shine really entails.

Stars constantly burn hydrogen fuel; it is the burning that emits light. There’s a lot of energy that goes into burning the fuel. So much, the star eventually expends all its energy—burning all its hydrogen fuel—and dies. That’s the whole life of the star.

To be a light on this earth, it’s going to cost us something. It’s going to require self-sacrifice. Being a light that shines forth to all men is going to take our time and our energy—for life. Consider the star. The bigger the star, the brighter the light, but also the greater the sacrifice. It spends its whole life shining.

If we’re going to be a light that shines brightly and cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14), we’re going to need to put for a lot of energy/effort. And truthfully, that might equate to a greater sacrifice than we realize. Our light needs to be bright enough that it’s visible to the people in this lost and dying world.

Do we have what it takes to shine? Are we willing to sacrifice by whatever means necessary so someone sees the light? If this means putting our lives down (John 15:13), are we willing to do it?

Due to the distance of many stars, many will die out years before the light travels to the earth to be visible in the our atmosphere. If you’re giving your all today, and letting your light shine, but aren’t seeing the harvest, just wait. The light you’re letting off may still be traveling on, and it just hasn’t become “visible” to the right people yet. There isn’t a light we’ll put forth that won’t impact a soul. Everyone looks up at the stars at least once in their life, and there’s always a star that glistens just a little brighter that catches their attention.

Let’s learn a lesson from the stars today. There are some of us that just need to let out a light. Some of us need to work a little harder to shine a greater light. And, there are some of us who are already shining—don’t ever let your light go out. Keep working in the kingdom and letting your light shine. You have no idea how far and bright your light will shine.