THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Recently, my friend Dr. Pat Lofton wrote a brief devotion.
In it he told the following story.
“Last Sunday night our church Christmas program ended with all of us holding lighted candles while singing Silent Night.
One problem---my candle went out!
My new friend, Greg, then offered his candle to relight my candle and lo and behold, my candle put his out.
We stood without our lights shining while others brightened the room.
I have been thinking.
Could the light of our lives go out from time to time because of a bad temper, secret sin, a word of gossip---
or maybe just neglecting to have our daily devotion?
And then, could we effect someone else as my candle effected Greg’s candle?”
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.
Christians, take this statement to heart:
”YE are the light of the world.”
As a child of God, He has placed you “on a hill” in the world of humanity.
You have received His Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38, Eph. 1:13)
He has taught you by His Word, which is filled with principles of truth, morality and character.
God does not hide the candle of your light.
Instead, He places it on “a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.”
Your light of Christ is to “shine before” others.
The purpose is that others will “see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
So “Let your light shine!”
Do not be afraid to stand out and speak the truths of God.
Always speak the truths of God in love and kindness (Eph. 4:15).
But never fail to speak them.
Rom. 5:5 says in part, “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Let that love be “shed abroad” also in the world around you!