L I G H T
"Let your light so shine before men, that they
may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
(*) As I mentioned this morning, Christmas means so many different
things to so many different people. But to the Christian who loves
the Lord, it speaks of the time when the Light of the World, the
Lord Jesus Christ, came to shine amongst us, with all that means.
As Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3:19, "Light is come into
IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE LIGHT OF GOD BE PERMITTED TO SHINE
CONSTANTLY IN OUR LIVES!!
HOW AWFUL YOU SAY - AND YET IT IS A PICTURE OF WHAT MANY PEOPLE
ARE DOING IN THEIR HEARTS!
(c) Many Christians would be affronted if they could see the spiritual
spiders and cobwebs that have grown up in their hearts because
they have drawn the curtains to keep the light out!
I'm reminded of the dear old Christian of whom I have spoken previously,
who prayed every week in the prayer meeting, 'Lord sweep the
cobwebs from my heart', until one of the other folks there,
could stay silent no longer, and prayed immediately after - 'LORD
KILL THE SPIDER!'
(d) Many of us could probably do with killing the spider in our
hearts, but to see it clearly, we must throw back the curtains
and allow the Light of God to fill us completely!
(e) There is a teddy in our house, which you hold up to
the light, and then when the light is turned off, it glows
in the dark! But in order for it to shine, , it first of all
must take in the light, by being exposed to it!
(f) The Christian too, must absorb the Light of God in
order to , as our text says in Matthew 5:16, "Let your
light so shine before men" ; and to fulfil God's
plan when He says, in verse 14, "Ye are the light of
WE CANNOT GIVE OUT WHAT WE HAVE NOT TAKEN IN!
(a) The great preacher D.L. Moody, told the following story: -
It was a dark tempestuous night, as a ship approached Cleveland
harbour. They had taken a pilot on board to guide them safely
in. As they approached, they could only see ONE LIGHT -
that of the lighthouse itself! The captain asked, "There
is only one light! Are you sure this is the harbour?"
"Where are the other lights?"
"Yes" said the pilot, "this is the harbour,
but the SMALLER LIGHTS HAVE ALL GONE OUT! "
The startled Captain asked, "CAN WE MAKE THE HARBOUR?"
Solemnly the pilot replied, "WE MUST OR WE PERISH!"
That dark and terrible night, THEY MISSED THE CHANNEL, AND
HIT A ROCK! The SHIP SANK AND MANY LIVES WERE LOST!
(b) The Lord will take care of the LIGHTHOUSE - IF WE KEEP THE
LOWER LIGHTS BURNING!
WHAT A GREAT AND AWESOME RESPONSIBILITY IS OURS - FOR IF WE FAIL,
HOW MANY LIVES MAY COME TO GRIEF AND SHIPWRECK, SIMPLY BECAUSE
WE ARE FAILING TO SHINE FOR JESUS!
(c) With modern technology, I suppose we could also liken the
smaller lights in some ways to the FIBRE-OPTICS cable, which as
we know can make pretty lamps with the little pinpricks of light.
But more importantly, a thin piece of fibre-optics cable can carry
millions of telephone calls, or television programs for long distances
from their source.
(d) By letting God's light shine through us, we will be carrying
His message to lost mankind!
(a) Another way in which we can show the Light of Christ, is simply
to reflect it, as did the face of Moses when he came down from
the mountain after meeting with God!
- One evening some time ago, whilst on holiday, we stopped to
admire and take pictures of a beautiful sunset reflected over
LITTLE LOCH BROOM , NEAR ULLAPOOL. (Scotland)
- That wonderful woman of God, Amy Carmichael, had this to say,
"It is easy to think of the silver surface of a lake
reflecting the glory of the sun; but the merest scrap of metal
will reflect, if only it is clean, and nothing comes between it
and the sky. So that ALL includes the most 'tinny' of us, and
the only thing that matters is that we should be clean, and that
nothing should come between us and our heavenly Sun."
(d) She brings out so clearly and concisely, the two important
facts, FIRSTLY - WE CANNOT REFLECT IF WE ARE NOT CLEAN!
SECONDLY - WE CANNOT REFLECT, IF THERE IS ANYTHING BETWEEN US
AND OUR LORD, BLOCKING THE LIGHT!
Remember what I said earlier about the TREES BLOCKING OUT THE
(e) Have we not all at times been very taken with the different
colours of the sea as it reflected the the light of the sky.
(f) During one holiday, we travelled through some mountains, and
were surprised to see, that although it was not raining, were
we were, we saw the end of a beautiful rainbow, which seemed to
be suspended above one of the nearby mountain peaks!
(g) God wants us to be like that rainbow - allowing His Light
to be split into it's spectrum in our lives, that all may see
the glorious colours in us of the Fruit of the Spirit, through
our Christian living.
In other words - LET THE BEAUTY OF JESUS BE SEEN IN ME!
- God wants His people to shine for Him!
- It is not just a children's concept to be a SUNBEAM FOR JESUS!
- "Let your light so shine before men, that they
may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven."
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