Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
As we celebrate Hanukkah, let’s consider what the Lord is saying to us in our day. The purpose of the holiday is a remembrance of God’s deliverance from evil for the Jews and the miracle of keeping the light of menorah burning for eight days when there was only enough for one day.
The anti-Christ spirit that was brought against the Jews in those days is the same spirit working in the world today against both Israel and true believers in Jesus. It is a spirit that would seek to put out our light and silence our voices. It is the spirit that seeks to steal, kill and destroy the life that Jesus has come to give. We know, however, that because of Jesus’ death on the Cross, we have already overcome this spirit. We only need to align ourselves with the Kingdom of God and His Ways and we will experience the same deliverance from evil that the Jews did back in 154 B.C. Our God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is the same miracle-working God that kept the oil flowing to their lamps for eight days. The oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit and the anointing that is available to us to flow in the same miracle-working power.
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Is 60:1-3
This prophecy was given by Isaiah the prophet foretelling the days that were to come. He was speaking directly to Israel and declaring how the world would view them during the millennial reign of Jesus Christ on the earth. In that day, Israel will be the light and nations will be drawn to them. That is certainly not the case today. However, we as believers in Jesus, are called to reflect His glory in the earth, even today. Jesus is the Son of God, He is Light. We are called the sons of God. We have no light of our own, but we do reflect His light, just as the moon reflects the light of the Sun. As His Glory rests upon us, we shine and people take notice. We are exhorted here to let our light shine brightly. So how do we do that?
If we want our light to shine, then we must be sure that we are a pure vessel. We must first examine ourselves and repent of anything that would cause us our light to be dim. Getting rid of the hindrances is as easy as confessing our sin and receiving the cleansing that was given when Jesus died on the Cross. It’s already available to us. We just need to humble ourselves and confess our need for it.
Secondly, we must remember who we are. We are children of God. We have been filled with the Spirit of the Living God, yet we need constant refreshing. Ask Holy Spirit to fill you afresh today and to cause your light to shine brightly. Ask Him specifically what He has for you to do? It doesn’t have to be some big thing. The Lord looks for our faithful response in the small things. As we grow in God, He gives us greater assignments, but today our assignment may be as simple as talking to a neighbor or helping someone in need. Then ask for the courage to do it. All of this is graciously supplied by the Holy Spirit, it does not come from us. It only flows through us.
Finally, we must move quickly to obey the Lord. We remember that as we obey Him, it brings Glory to Him, not to us. We give thanks to Him and many others will do the same. He gets lifted up and we get to rejoice! Our rewards come from Jesus, He promises to honor those who honor Him. The scripture promises that as our light shines, many will be drawn to us, even nations and kings. We cannot imagine all that the Lord has planned for us. All we need to do is obey Him.
We are living in very dark days and people are searching for the light. When we stand together in unity, our little lights shine together and make a big light. This unity will draw more people than we can imagine. Many people are watching us, individually and corporately. Many are disillusioned with the traditional church because they have seen so little unity and so little power. But God says that in the last days, the true believers will move in His Glory and His power that is unlimited. The world will take notice of this Glory being reflected by His people. Some will be drawn to them, rejoicing and wanting to take part, others will be furious, wanting to destroy and silence them. Whatever the reaction, it should not change our pursuit of God and His Glory. We are firmly established in Him and we have a unique opportunity to display His Glory.
Let us light the candles of our menorahs as a sign that we are the light of Jesus in the world today. The menorah was usually placed in the window so that people outside could be reminded of the holiday and of the redemption it signified. Then go out among the people and let your light shine. Testify to the love and miracle-working power of our Great God and Savior, Jesus the Anointed One!