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This little light of mine
By Pastor Stacy Williams
posted June 3, 2009
RELIGION – Do you remember singing the
song, “This Little Light of Mine”, when you were a kid? How long has it
been since you sang it? Do you remember the words? The song repeats
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” Several times,
followed by “Let it shine, shine, shine, let it shine.”
The second verse repeats, “Hide it under a bushel…NO! I’m gonna let it
shine.” Do you remember, as a child, shouting “NO!” as loudly as you
could, since it was the only time you could yell in church without
getting into trouble?
This little song has some great truth to it. It is based on scripture.
Three of the four Gospels record Jesus saying the word that inspired
the song. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on
an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under
a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are
in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see
your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
(Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV. See also Mark 4:21 and Luke 11:33)
In 1995, I visited Hawaii. My family stayed on the big island of Hawaii
at a very nice resort. This should have been the trip of my life, but I
never got over the time difference and the food was a little bit too
“gourmet” for my “cheeseburger and hot wings” taste.
All in all, I’m glad I went. I got to see manta rays up close, watched
dolphins play alongside out boat, and enjoyed the activities provided
for us by Toyota, and the resort. However, the most fun thing I did was
a helicopter tour of the island.
On this helicopter tour, we were shown lush tropical areas only
accessible by air, coastline, one of the largest working ranches in the
US, and of course volcanoes. The pilot took us to Volcanoes National
Park and flew us over Kilauea, which is one of the most active
volcanoes in history. From there he flew along the route of the lava
flow to the sea.
Red lava flowed down the hill and into the ocean from Kilauea. There
was a great deal of steam rising from the ocean where the molten rock
met the water. It was truly amazing to view. Near this site, he flew us
The town of Kalapana sits on the coast of the big Island, along with
it’s subdivision named Royal Gardens. You can buy a lot there pretty
cheap, because in 1990 it was covered 50 feet high in lava from
Kilauea. When I saw it from the air, there was nothing but black lava
rock. There was a sign on part of it that read, “For Sale by Owner”.
The funny thing about the Royal Gardens subdivision in Kalapana is that
the owners of the lots there still have the deeds to the property. They
still own it; they just can’t do anything with it.
As Christians, we are sometimes like this town that was once thriving.
However, because of sin, we allow our Christian witness to be covered
by layers of destructive material. In fact just like this town, our
Christian witness or “light”, cannot be seen at all sometimes, because
we have covered it with black, hardened sin, like lava-rock.
God has given us the greatest story ever told. He will also give us the
strength and courage to tell it. He never intended for us to light that
candle and hide it. He wants you to share with others what God has done
for you. So, “Hide
it under a bushel…No!” Let it shine!! Whatever I
tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the
ear, preach on the housetops (Matthew 10:27NKJV)
All are welcome join us Sunday mornings at Edgefield First Baptist for
Sunday School at 10AM and worship at 11 AM. For more information call
us at 803-637-6139 or visit our website where you will find weekly
activities, church information, or even listen to sermons online. Our
web address is http://www.edgefieldfirstbaptist.org
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