Have you ever noticed how dirt and dust shows up more in natural light than it does in artificial light? A few days ago, I swiffered my hardwood floors late in the evening using the artificial lighting in the house. The next morning when the sun shined bright through the house, I saw several spots that I had missed the night before; and they stuck out like a sore thumb because the area all around them was clean and shining bright.
Your Spiritual Light is that natural light. When you allow the Light of the Lord to shine in you and through you, the Light that is illuminating through you causes those around you who are walking in darkness to feel exposed and uncomfortable. You don’t have to do or say anything, sometimes you don’t even know why they are fidgety, but the light will do what it is designed to do, cause darkness to flee. Light and darkness cannot dwell together. When light shows up darkness must flee. (2 Corinthians 6:14)
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 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.
16 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)
There are two ways that you will know that your Light is shining bright:
1 ~ People will be drawn to you; they won’t even know why; and it’s not because you are any better than anyone else, it is simply because of the Greater One who lives inside of you. Like a moth to a flame, people are attracted to the Light.
2 ~ Some people will dislike you, without any offense from you. These are the people who say, “I don’t like her/him; I don’t know why, I just don’t.” These people really do not know why they don’t like you; because in all actuality, it is not them who hates you, it is the darkness, the spiritual wickedness that they have allowed to reside in them and use them to do the works of the kingdom of darkness that causes them to dislike you.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)
So, what do you do? Let it Shine!
When you are in fellowship with God, you commune with Him on a regular basis, and you yield the members of your body to His Will and His way, the Light of His Love can’t help but to shine through you.
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. (Colossians 1:12-13)
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light. (Ephesians 5:8)
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (Romans 6:13)
The truth of the matter is that you were never designed to fit in, you are to be holy and set apart. When you make a decision to live a life of holiness, there are people who will not like you because of the Light that is shining through you. See, the Light makes those who are living a life of sin and wickedness uncomfortable because the True Light of God, shines on all the dark/hidden places, those places that artificial light, (those not walking in the Light) misses, or cannot detect. Sometimes, this journey may get a little lonely when you choose to live holy, but you have to separate yourself from anything that is not like God, so your Light will continue to shine bright.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. (2 Corinthians 6:17)
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1 Peter 1:16)
For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth. Deuteronomy 14:2)
The same is true for those Believers who may be straddling the fence, those who are touching unclean things and dabbling in sin; some may not feel comfortable around you because your Light convicts them, and they are reminded that they too should be walking in the light. Some may try to belittle you and mock you and make you feel like “It doesn’t take all of that;” but don’t get discouraged, just know that the Light is doing what is was designed to do: expose and expel any darkness. Conviction is good for them because it means there is still hope, there is still an opportunity for these individuals to repent and turn from their sinful ways.
As child of God walking in the Light of His Love, you are made free and your liberty allows those around you to be liberated. That’s why it is so important that you do not compromise, or do anything that will cause your Light to diminish. It is the Light that sets the captives free!
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (John 8:36)
So, That Settles It, just like the old song, remind yourself each day: “This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna Let it Shine.”