This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

Ah, a classic preschool children’s song. If you grew up singing this song or singing it with your children, you know there are other verses about letting this little light shine “all around the neighborhood” and avoiding the temptation to “hide it under a bushel” and being vigilant to “don’t let Satan blow it out.”  And best of all, there are hand motions for each verse!

Cute – until you realize God’s direction to Gideon and his small band of 300 warriors for defeating an army of overwhelming size was to surround the enemy with each man carrying “this little light of mine” — and at a prearranged signal, each man was to “let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!” 

Poor Gideon. This whole episode really stretched him. First, God had him sequentially reduce his army from 32,000 to 10,000 to 300. Then the Lord instructed this motley crew to go into an impossible battle armed with trumpets and lamps hidden in clay pots. Yet Gideon and his men believed God and trusted Him to the point of doing this totally nonsensical thing — and it actually worked!

Does God still do this today? Not the exact thing, of course; but things of this magnitude that can only be labeled as miraculous? Personally, I am not aware of any recent events that warrant an entire chapter of the Bible to recount. But is that because God has changed? Or could it be He simply cannot find 300 people willing to believe that “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine” is the key to a great spiritual victory?

This Sunday will conclude the Status sermon series by sharing the rest of the story of Gideon. In preparation for our time of study together, let me encourage you to read the following verses:

  • Judges 7 – God’s crazy plan for defeating the enemy
  • 1 Corinthians 1:25-29 – Less is more in God’s economy
  • 2 Corinthians 4:6-12“Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!”

I know this weekend is the Labor Day weekend. However, I really want to encourage you to make plans to be in church to share in this very important teaching.

Pastor Jim

The next sermon series, which begins Sunday, September 7, is “The Greatest of These is Love.” This series is so important to the life of Avalon Church that we are doing a follow-along church wide study in Life Groups. If you have not joined a Life Group yet, let me encourage you to do so by going to our website (www.avalonchurch.org) and clicking on the Life Groups picture on the front page.