I just finished singing songs to RB for nap time. He’s almost 5, but I enjoy it so much I’m not willing to give up my “song time” just yet.
I was singing “This Little Light of Mine” and he politely stopped me and asked, “Why did you say, ‘Don’t let Satan blow it out?’”
Kids have such great questions! Adults should have no fear in answering them. Be honest and age appropriate. And if I don’t know the answer to my kids’ questions, then I go to the proper source that does.
What does this verse mean? Jesus says we are to be the light of the world. The salt of the earth. (Matthew 5: 13-16) We are to let our lights so shine before men that God is glorified in every good work we do. But there is a lion on the prowl and he wishes to devour us. Satan would love to blow on our lights and make us dark inside and out.
But listen to the song. “Don’t LET Satan…” We have a choice in the matter. We are not spineless jelly fish victims that sit around waiting to be prowled upon. We have the ultimate source of victory and power in Jesus. “Don’t LET…” Don’t let the evil one tempt you. Don’t let him distract you with the desires of this world. And those desires can be good or bad. Anything that takes our focus off the One and Only Lord is an idol and must be struck down.
In His sermon on the mount, Jesus continues with these words, “Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:14) The Christian walk is hard. It is a daily sacrifice of fleshly desires.
As we daily go about life, as we suffer, as we enjoy blessings, we must decide whether to let our lights shine from the mountain top or from under the basket. If you are under the basket, then Satan already has you. If you are on top of the mountain, then it is easier to see when the enemy attempts to strike.
I have an easier time letting my light shine in some environments than others. Church is easy! Driving on the road, or waiting in line at the grocery store with 2 grabby kids, not so easy. But I cannot allow my light to be snuffed out. It must shine wherever I go. I must do what it takes to travel the narrow road and I don’t have it all figured out yet.
“There are few who find it.” I’d like to be one of them.