“This Little Light Of Mine”

Posted: October 3, 2017 in Christian Life

Perhaps as a child you sang the song, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…” Do you remember the rest of the words to this song?

“Question: What do a light bulb covered with mud, a window covered with soot, and a life spotted with sin have in common?

“Answer: They are all incapable of allowing light to shine through them for the benefit of others. Regardless of how bright and pure the light, the net result will be darkness until the dirt is dealt with. The problem is not the source of light, but rather with the vessel through which the light is shining.

Quote. “Jesus told His disciples, ‘You are the light of the world,’ and urged them, ‘Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven’ (Matthew 5:14, 16). He also warned them of the danger of darkness: ‘If therefore the light that is in thee be [turned to] darkness, how great is that darkness!’ (Matthew 6:23). A life clouded with unconfessed sin is as frustrating as a mud-caked light bulb.

“Spot Check. Do you have the Light within you (John 1:1-12)? If so, are there some ‘dirty spots’ that are obscuring that fact in the eyes of others? You’ll find God’s divine ‘glass cleaner’ of forgiveness as near as 1 John 1:9.” – Taken from Your Daily Walk, Walk Thru The Bible Ministries, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, p. 317

Today. When a Christians desires to live godly in Christ Jesus today, he/she can expect to suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12). Jesus said, “These things have I spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service” (John 16:1, 2). The Apostle Paul wrote, “…I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:10). Some of his sufferings are recorded for us in his second letter to the church in Corinth who were questioning his apostleship (2 Corinthians 11:23-33; 12:12). But he also said, “…I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). Do you believe this?

Suffering. While every Christian will suffer to some degree with Christ (2 Timothy 2:12), not all Christians suffer as much as others do for Christ (Acts 9:16; Philippians 1:29; 1 Peter 2:20; 3:14, 17). We suffer with Christ when we enter into grief over the pains and sufferings of others (See Matthew 23:37; 25:40; Acts 9:4; Galatians 6:2). Many Christians have and will continue to suffer for being Christians. (Read John Fox’s Book Of Martyrs.) Take heart.  The Lord will take vengeance on unbelievers who trouble us (Romans 12:19; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; Revelation 6:10, 11). Jesus is the omniscient and righteous Judge (2 Timothy 4:8; John 2:24, 25; 5:22; See 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15).

Action. Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12; 9:5). He is currently clothed with a garment of light (1 Timothy 6:16; Acts 9:3; 22:6; 26:13). John the Baptist bore witness concerning the Light – Jesus (John 1:7, 8). Are you still in the devil’s kingdom of darkness or have you by faith in Christ been transferred into the kingdom of God’s dear Son (Colossians 1:13, 14)? If you’re a true believer, are you walking in the light as He is in the light? This is when a believer can have true fellowship with God the Father (1 John 1:3-7). Are you bearing other believer’s burdens (Galatians 6:2, 10) and loving them as Christ loved us (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:16, 17)? Do unsaved people know that you are a true Christian? Are you a silent Christian or ashamed of Jesus (John 7:13; 19:38; Romans 1:16, 17)?

Gospel. When was the last time you shared the Good News with someone so he/she could be saved from eternal condemnation (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)? Do you have unconfessed sins in your life (1 John 1:9; 3:4; Romans 14:23; James 4:17)? They could lead to your premature physical death (1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). Why not let God have His way in your life and enjoy spiritual abundance (John 10:10; Ephesians 1:3ff)?

Help. We’re here to help those who have or want to have assurance of their salvation (2 Peter 1:10) so they can go on to spiritual maturity (2 Peter 3:18), and serve God effectively (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10), for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please check us out on www.facebook.com/kelseyandjanet.pietsch and on www.youtube.com.

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