Today’s Scripture: 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


You probably have seen Christmas lights hanging on people’s houses this time of year. When you look at Christmas lights, remember this lesson.

We are all “God’s light bulbs.” We are to show God’s light through our good works. We are to show God’s love in an increasingly dark world. There are three types of lights that a Christian can be. Which one are you?

  1. A burnt-out light

If we are not serving God, we are just as useful as a burnt-out light bulb. God has the power to make us useful again, but currently, we will not be used of God to show the light to anyone.

  1. A Christmas light

The point of a Christmas light is not to give light in a dark place, but to draw attention to itself. The Christian who is doing right for the purpose of gaining recognition does as much good as a single Christmas light. There is some light that comes out, but not enough to make a significant difference. Some people can come to Christ with the little bit of light, but most will still stumble and fall in the dark because the only light they can see is putting all the attention on itself and is not lighting up the surrounding area. This kind of light does not “glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

  1. The common light bulb

There is nothing significant about the common light bulb. Nobody turns on the light in a room just to stare at the light bulb. Few people will even notice the light bulb, but everyone notices when it burns out. This is the kind of light that will “glorify your Father which is in heaven.” We need to be lights that aren’t concerned about what people think but are concerned about lighting the dark world around us with the gospel.

Determine today not to be a Christmas light, but a light that will show the Savior to the world.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.