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cropped-rose-white-and-pinkMatthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all that are in the house”

Ephesians 6:10, “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might”

Leaving the parking lot late one evening after a full day of shopping at East View Mall in Rochester a man stopped me while driving out of the lot and told me that my left taillight was out. I thanked him from my opened car window and thought to myself, a burned-out taillight wasn’t the most serious problem, but I certainly appreciated the man letting me know. The next day I removed the bulb, and noticed it wasn’t really burned out at all. A coating of green corrosion had grown around the bulb’s stem and inside the socket that it plugs into. Finding a piece of steel wool, I polished both bulb stems and the socket until they gleamed. I then reinserted the bulb, and watched with satisfaction as it lit up again.

Normally, I wouldn’t give such routine maintenance a second thought. However, this time I realized that the little darkened bulb contained a very valuable spiritual lesson for every believer in Christ. Jesus told His followers, “Ye are the light of the world.” He wants us, His people, to shine for Him with a pure light in this sin-darkened world. However, Satan is constantly trying to dim our light by using a multitude of tactics against us, such as:

(1) Anger
(2) Selfishness
(3) Jealousy
(4) Pride
(5) Wrong thoughts and attitudes
(6) Dabbling with carnal Internet sites, or
(7) Watching television programs contrary to what the Scriptures teach.

I’m quite sure you can add to the above list; however, the presence of anything in our lives that shouldn’t be there will also effectively prevent our light from shining and being used by the Lord, just as the corrosion on the bulb’s stem, kept the taillight from shining.

Further thoughts:

If we tolerate sin in any of its forms, we will interrupt our fellowship and the power we have from the Lord thereby extinguishing the light normally visible in a child of God. Rather than concealing the corrosion or looking for excuses to explain it away, we need to confess it before our Heavenly Father, forsake it, and let Him wipe our souls clean again. Sure, a light bulb that’s merely tarnished is still a light bulb, but it’s useless for its intended purpose. Likewise, a believer in Christ who tolerates sin and backslides may still be a Christian, but they, will be darkened and useless as a source of spiritual light and any use for the Lord’s service. As you travel the road of life you will most certainly face a power crisis? If so, don’t try to see how far you can go without yielding to the Holy Spirit. Remember, He is an unlimited source of spiritual power and strength.

(1) Is your life shining with God’s love and grace, as He intended?

(2) Or, has Satan been successful in sneaking in harmful barriers between your soul and the Savior?

(3) If that‘s the case, why not pause now, bow your head, relinquish whatever it is that’s hindering your fellowship, and once again “light up” for the Lord.

Our greatest weakness may be our failure to rely on God’s power.