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    I’m Gonna Let It Shine

    By Mark Roth on February 16, 2009 at 11:22 am

    “Ye shine as lights in the world; holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.” Philippians 2:15,16

    How are Christians like light?

    1. Light dispels darkness. Our influence in reflecting Jesus the Saviour should help dispel the darkness of sin. Second Corinthians 4:6 says, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

    2. Light is conspicuous. A city on a hill, as were most cities in Palestine, including Jerusalem, was very noticeable. A Christian is noticeably different in speech, appearance, conduct, and interests. John the Baptist “was a burning and a shining light” (John 5:35).

    3. A light should serve its purpose. For this reason headlights on a car are not placed under the seat or inside the muffler. Christians should let their lights shine so that men glorify God.

    4. Light enables sight. In a Christian’s life, the good work of the fruit of the Spirit should be seen by the unbelievers to show them what sort of life pleases God. Don’t hide your light under a bushel of materialism or a blanket of pleasure-seeking.

    5. A light is useful as it shines steadily, quietly, and brightly. So it is with the Christian. A living Christ within makes a steady light without.

    Hudson Taylor told of a Chinese pastor who always instructed new converts to witness as soon as possible. Once, upon meeting a young convert, the pastor inquired, “Brother, how long have you been saved?”

    The man answered that he had only been saved for about three months.

    “And how many have you won to the Saviour?”

    “Oh, I’m only a learner,” the convert responded.

    Shaking his head in disapproval, the pastor said, “Young man, the Lord doesn’t expect you to be a full-fledged preacher, but He does expect you to be a faithful witness. Tell me, when does a candle begin to shine — when it’s already half burned up?”

    “No, as soon as it’s lit,” came the reply.

    “That’s right, so let your light shine right away.”

    Excerpted from: Daily Truth For Godly Youth

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