“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matt 5:14-16 NKJV
Nobody ever thinks twice about a lightbulb until it goes out. The other day I walked into my bedroom and turned on the light. It burned out as soon as I clicked the switch. What bad timing! Since it was dark, I had to look for a lightbulb to replace the burned out one before I could do anything else.
I spent the next twenty minutes looking for a replacement and never found one. We were all out of lightbulbs. So, I went to another room and took a lightbulb from one of the other lamps and used it to replace my burned out one. Finally, I could see what I was looking for in my bedroom.
Have you ever thought of yourself as one of God’s lightbulbs? The moment you trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you became one of God’s lightbulbs. The Bible says, “you are the light of the world” and you are to “let your light shine before men, that they may see.”
God wants to place your lightbulb in the midst of people who don’t know Jesus so that they can see how to find Jesus. Without your light, many of the people you have relationships with will remain in the dark. Do you realize that you may be the only lightbulb your friend would get close enough to be able to see?
One other thing…what happens if you are your friend’s only source of light but your lightbulb is either burned out or just turned off? Nothing. Your friend would still be in the dark. It’s so important that we have our light on at all times. You never know when your friend will be looking for answers concerning how to connect with Jesus Christ.
Fishers of men understand the importance of light. Fishermen often drop their lures near a light because they know fish are drawn to the light. The same is true with people. Let your light shine and be prepared to share Jesus with those who come looking.
Questions you need to ask yourself to maximize your effectiveness as a light:
1. Am I one of God’s lightbulbs? You can’t shine a light in the darkness until you have received Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. That’s something you’ll want to settle now if you haven’t already.
2. Is my light bulb around others who need the light? If all you do is spend time with other lightbulbs (Christians) then those who most desperately need the light will live in the dark. Make it a point to spend time with others who need the light.
3. Is my lightbulb shining or burned out? If burned out, return to God and spend time nurturing your relationship with Him by spending time reading and meditating on Scripture. Take time to talk to God about what you learn. Allow Him to increase your wattage.