Traveling on an Interstate highway recently, I was listening to music from the ‘50s. The song, “The Old Lamplighter” by the Browns, stirred feelings of nostalgia in me. I kept replaying one particular phrase over and over in my mind, “He made the night a little brighter wherever he would go.”
Gradually, moments of reminiscence were replaced with the words of Jesus. He said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16). The true children of God are to be light in a world that’s grown dark because of sin.
After a time of introspection, I asked myself, “Am I honoring the clear and unambiguous words of Jesus”? I thought of times when I have not been the light I should have been. I reflected on the times when I put my light under a bushel. Scripture in Book of James came to mind, “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).
There is only one thing a person should do when they become aware they are out of harmony with God’s word. It is to confess failure and repent. The Spirit of Christ spoke to the Church of Ephesus in the second chapter of Revelation. He commended the Church on a number of things they were doing well. But, He also said, “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent” (Revelation 2:4-5, NKJV).
Prayer: Father, I remember the words of Jesus instructing me to be the ‘light’ of the world. I am sorry for my short comings and failures. I repent. I recommit myself to being the light you desire. It’s my first love. Please help me to let my light shine before men so they may glorify You.
I want to make the night a little brighter wherever I may go.
~ Brother Roy