Let Your Light Shine!

“No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light.” – Luke 8:16 (Also Mark 4:21-22).

As I was praying this morning for some reason out of the blue, I had an image in my mind of a flashlight with its batteries. Now let me tell you, my wife Sue and I have several different kinds of flashlights, some very high intensity and some not so much so. The one that she likes to use at night when taking our dog, Bella out, is a high-intensity LED light that has various levels of light. The thing is, the battery is internal but it has to be charged to keep being able to be used in the darkness.

The same thing applies to any other light within your home or workplace. The bulb may be perfectly capable of producing light and illuminating an area, but if the power is not on or there is a break in the circuit between the power and the bulb, there will be no light no matter the intention of those who want to have illumination.

So it is with each of us who not only follow after the Lord Jesus Christ but are abiding in Him as well. We ARE to be a light in the darkness of the world once we have come to Christ Jesus. Sadly, however there are a lot of “flashlights” and “lamps” that have all the elements at the ready to produce light, but they have no power.

Without the necessary power, a light or lamp by itself is useless. The mechanism to produce light is there, but nothing can come from it. So it is with many who claim to be Christians and especially in the day and age we live in today.

The Apostle Paul wrote this in his letter or epistle to the Ephesians:pd ephesians 5_8

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.” – Ephesians 5:8-14.

According to this inspired word, we who are walking in Christ ARE light in the Lord. Our calling, our job or mission is to allow that light to shine on the darkness and expose it and its secrets for what they truly are. The truth can ONLY be revealed in the Light of Christ that shines from us and we can ONLY shine it forth if we are “plugged” in to the power source.

More or less Paul combines passages from the Old Testament to command Christians to “wake up, don’t remain dead or drained for it is Christ Who gives you power!” It is only as we are “plugged in” or abiding in Christ Jesus and being “powered up” by His Holy Spirit that we will have the ability AND capacity to be a light. He IS the power source for being the light in the world. As Jesus stated in the Gospel of Luke, we don’t hide the light, we don’t cover it, rather we bring it out to illuminate all that is around us.

It further stands to reason according to Jesus’ statement and even Paul’s that if we cover or hide our light we are in essence enabling the darkness around us. I love using this illustration because I have actually tried it before; if you strike a wooden match, just an ordinary kitchen match in a dark room, the light from that lowly match will bring light and illumination around itself. It doesn’t take a lot to chase the darkness away. So it is with those who have “plugged” in to the power source that allows our light to shine.

Again, it is our calling, it is a necessity to shine that light to the world that is filled with darkness. Paul in 2 Corinthians says this:

But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:3-6.

Now reread verse six; “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

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God, our Heavenly Father, Whom we KNOW through Jesus Christ has COMMANDED the light to shine out of darkness. This is not an option. If you ARE a Christian, a disciple of Christ Jesus, we are commanded to shine forth the light that IS Jesus Christ! That light gives to those who “see” it, as Paul puts it, “the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

Now understand this, not everyone in darkness will acknowledge or “see” that light, but the reason for that comes down to personal choice. They CHOOSE to let the god of this world, the true enemy of their souls to leave them blinded for the simple reason is that they do NOT want to “see” or recognize the “glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Again, they choose to remain blind and thus they can continue to stumble around in darkness.

That however, does not alleviate the fact that we are still commanded to shine forth the light of Christ Jesus. Notice that it is not within our power to change a person’s perception or their choices, it is only our duty to be obedient in what we have been given to do. We are obedient to shine forth the light so that mankind can see that they DO have choices. What they choose is still left to the individual.

The only way to remain “plugged in” so that we shine forth in power and illumination is to make sure that our batteries or our power source is fully charged. We do that in several ways. First, we have to continue to abide IN Christ and thus the Father. We accomplish that by prayer and communion. We cannot gain power at all without being “plugged in” to them. We are ONLY vessels, They are the source of power.

Second, we have to allow the Holy Spirit to live within. That takes surrender. It is not just a matter of acknowledging that Jesus came and He died. That is historical, it is not disputed. But He DID rise again and He did so that He might send His Spirit to abide in each and every one that accepts Him as Lord, Master and King of their lives.

When the Holy Spirit takes up residence within our hearts, He speaks to us in greater ways than our own consciences can. He truly becomes not just a Comforter to us, but a Counselor, a Teacher, a Guide. Everything that Jesus still is, is found within His Holy Spirit. It is in that indwelling that we receive power. Just as in the early days of the church. That has NOT changed. It is a spiritual promise. The difference is, do we “plug in” to that power and let it shine forth the light of Christ, or do we just walk around as if there is nothing different about us at all?

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It still comes down to choices. Yes, if we are truly Christian, we chose Christ and He chose us. But that is not, nor will it ever be the ending of our choices. Do we choose to surrender to Him and all that He is and all that He wants us to be, or do we allow the “charging cable” to hang limply, just continuing to be a vessel with nothing inside? The CHOICE is each one of ours, individually. Think strongly on what you will choose! The world depends on it!

*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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2 Responses to Let Your Light Shine!

  1. Nancy Ruegg says:

    O Lord, may I be intentional to recharge my spirit-battery by practicing your presence and praying throughout each day. I want my light to shine brightly for you. / Thank you, Roland!

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