Let Your Light So Shine Before Men

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).

D. L. Moody told the story of a man who was crossing the Atlantic by ship. He was terribly seasick and confined to his cabin. One night he heard the cry, “Man overboard!” He felt that there was nothing he could do to help, but then said to himself, “I can at least put my lantern in the porthole.” He struggled to his feet and hung the light so it would shine out into the darkness.

The next day he learned that the person who was rescued said, “I was going down in the dark night for the last time when someone put a light in a porthole. As it shone on my hand, a sailor in a lifeboat grabbed it and pulled me in.”

We are lights to those in darkness. As believers, the pattern we learn from the Lord is to go, baptize and disciple. Let us be willing to be used for the purpose God has for us. Our lives are God’s gift to us; what we do with them is our gift to God.

Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life… (Philippians 2:14-16a).

Don’t just send the light… BE a light to someone who is struggling in the darkness. You never know how God will use you at just the right time!