No doubt you sang the song: “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…”
Jesus said that we (His disciples) are the light of the world. We must not hide that light under a bushel or in a church building.
We must let it shine. How will people see that light? Through our good works!
The German atheist philosopher Nietzsche once said that if he saw more redeemed people he might be more inclined to believe in their Redeemer. Christians who do not have changed lives have a credibility gap.
If I am trying to tell you how great my doctor is, but I am dying under his care, you might question his skill. If I try to tell you how great my car mechanic is, but my car is belching black smoke through the exhaust, you will probably be reluctant to entrust your own vehicle to him.
What good does it do to tell people how great our Saviour is if they cannot see that we ourselves have been saved from sin? Let your light shine.
What does Jesus mean by light? Jesus also calls Himself “the light of the world”. John calls Him “the life that is the light of men”, “the light that shines in the darkness” (John 1:4 -5).
The light in us is His light, the indwelling Christ, the Holy Spirit within us.
The apostle Paul speaks of “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4). We have that light shining through our lives if our actions reflect the nature of Christ — His love, compassion, and forgiveness.
His light shines through our attitudes, words, and deeds. When people see that our lives have been changed so that we have Jesus’ values and see the power of God at work in us, they will agree that we do have a great Saviour.
When they see redeemed people, they are more inclined to believe that we have a Redeemer. The Christ-like life is the platform on which individual testimony becomes convincing.
The alternative is for the Christian to live in the dark. Scripture teaches that “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1John1:5-6).
If no light shines from your life, either you have no relationship with Christ or you are bringing dishonour to Him.
It is a sad thing for someone to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and continue to live an openly sinful life.
It brings disrepute to Christ and the gospel. It is a stumbling block for unbelievers.
It is certainly not effective in convincing anyone that Christ has the power to transform lives.
Our responsibility as disciples and evangelists is to have lives so transformed by the Word and the inward presence of Christ that everyone can see His light reflected in our acts of kindness.