LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE
The following story is told about John Ruskin, the 18th century English writer who was known as the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, as well as a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He was quite old when he was visiting with a friend and was standing looking out the front window of the house.
It was nighttime, and the lamplighter was lighting the street lamps. From the window one could only see the lamps that were lit, and the light the lamplighter was carrying from one lamppost to the next. The lamplighter himself could not be seen.
Ruskin remarked that the lamplighter was a good example of a genuine follower of the Lord. His way was clearly marked by the lights he lit and the lights he kept burning – even though he himself may not be known or seen.
We were reminded at our Christmas Eve Services and now as we begin a new year that Matthew 5:15-16 says, Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Let us consider the intensity of our Christ-lights. Are we brightly burning? Do others see Christ in us without our boasting about the “good works” we’re doing? If we were arrested and brought to the local police station, then put on trial, would we be found guilty or would we get off scot-free for lack of evidence?
O God, let there be more of You and less of me! Show me how to be a witness, my light brightly burning for your honor and glory!