It is interesting to watch our nightlight react to the approaching dawn. It blinks and sputters and flickers and finally turns itself off, yielding to the greater light. Having done its job for the night, it allows the sun to take over the daytime duties of providing light.
This reminds us of our duty here on earth. Jesus says, “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16).
So we spend our lives doing the will of Jesus in order to light the way for others in this dark, dark world. Our purpose is not to bring glory to ourselves, but to lead others to have a strong desire to worship God.
One day our duties will be completed. Like the little nightlight, we will yield to a greater Light, one that will shine forever in heaven. The apostle John describes it for us—“The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.” (Revelation 21:23-24).
Someday our light will not be needed. However, until then, let’s keep shining!