This Little Light of Mine
(This is a follow-up to "Some Things Never Change")
Being a light to the world
"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."
Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
A traditional light bulb with a happy face drawn on it, and various
kinds of light bulbs as referred to in the text
I brought my friend Larry the Light Bulb with me again. Last week Larry was pretty sad because he
found out he’s being phased out. How does he look today? He’s happy because all his friends
are here for his retirement party.

First, there’s Sarah Squiggly – we met her last week. She’s going to be taking over Larry’s old job.
Then there’s Freddie Floodlight, Frankie Flashlight Bulb, and Phil Fluorescent. And finally, there’s
Nancy Night Light.

All these lights are here to help Larry celebrate. And so are we, which is fitting because we’re
lights, too. Matthew, chapter 5 verse 14 says, “You are the light of the world.” But how can we be a
light? The next verse tells us: “Let you light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds
and praise your Father in heaven.” So by doing good deeds we’re being a light to the world.

Looking at these bulbs, which one do you think might be the brightest? Do you think that means
it's the most important? Well, look at Nancy Night Light. She’s pretty small, but she keeps me from
stubbing my toe in the dark, and my toe thinks that’s pretty important!

And it’s the same with us. You may think that because you’re not very big your light is not very
important. But even if you’re small your good deeds are still helping God to light up the world.
That's why all lights are important; not just big ones.

So we need to keep on doing good deeds so we can be lights that shine the way to Jesus. And
that’s something we should pray about: Father in Heaven, help us to continue to do good deeds
so that our light will shine before men and lead them to you and your Son, Jesus Christ. We pray
in His holy name. Amen.

Song: “This Little Light of Mine”
Copyright © 2009 Steven Rudolph. All rights reserved.