This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
A couple of weeks ago I attended a spiritual gifts course and discovered my areas of spiritual gifts. I met with a pastor and we discussed ways to apply those gifts in service to the body of Christ. We came up with a couple of options, but to be honest, I wasn’t sure. I seemed inadequate to perform any of those tasks. However, I decided to put myself out there to be used by God for his purpose.
The next weekend I walked into the children’s ministry room and offered myself to service. I got to work at the welcome table helping sign children into class. It was good work, but I didn’t shine. The Holy Spirit didn’t shine in me. After I finished my part of the class, I ran around the area looking for other ways to serve. I found some odd jobs, cleaned up some toys, stacked some Bibles, but still… no light shined. Then I saw the big story.
The big story is the portion of Sunday school when all the kids collect together after worship for the weekly lesson. A teacher steps forward and shares the lesson. They share scripture and show the big idea. They show how the Word of God is alive, how he cares about His little believers, and guides them in fellowship with Jesus. It’s like being the preacher, except to short people. It seemed to me the greatest job in the whole church. So I asked the youth pastor if I could do the big story. I never expected her to say yes (remember… I am completely unqualified), but she did.
This Friday I got to stand on the stage and tell the big story for God’s little believers. I prayed that God would take me out of the picture, and let only his light shine. I prayed that God would reduce my role in the story to something so small that His words would be what they remembered. I prayed that the Holy Spirit would be a light that would shine out of me and reach those little believers. This Friday I took my candle (the Holy Spirit) out from under a basket and found out what happened when I let that light shine.
It was the greatest moment I have had at church since the day I was baptized. I felt the power of the Holy Spirit inside of me, like a rush of light. I felt the power of those gifts that were given to me, and it was a high like none I had ever felt. It was easy. It was awesome! This was not what I expected at all.
In the Bible it always seemed as if serving God required some sort of suffering and sacrifice. If you volunteer you get stuck doing the terrible jobs… like cleaning toilets, emptying trash, or looking under seats in the chapel for chewing gum. Who knew that serving God could be so wonderful? Who knew that giving of myself to the little believers would give me so much? Who knew that the youth minster would let me have the best job in the whole church? This is what serving God feels like. This is what God has planned for all of us.
I cannot recommend it enough to all believers. Please, go and take the spiritual gifts class. Find out what God has planned for you. Find out what gifts he has given you, and talk to a pastor about how you can use those gifts. Line up your life to God’s will and let the light shine through you. Show the power that God can release into the world when one of His children surrenders to His plan.
The coolest thing about preaching to the little believers this weekend… she’s letting me come back again next Friday.
Matthew 5:14-16 NLT
“You are the light of the world. A city 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 men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
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