“He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness to that Light” (John 1:8).
The mission of every Christian is likewise to bear witness to the Light. The Bible says that the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord; but in our natural and unregenerate state, the candle is unlighted. It is capable of being lighted; but until the Holy Spirit touches it with heavenly fire and sets it ablaze, it is dead and dark.
When the candle is lighted, however, it shines within us and makes us light. Thus it is that we bear witness to the Light; it is Christ within us Who shines! Our light is only a little of His light, breaking through our dull souls. Everyone that sees us is seeing within us a few gleams of the true Light.
There is another way also in which we may bear witness to the Light. We ourselves cannot light anyone to Heaven; we cannot save any perishing one, nor give life to any dead soul. But we can point lost and dying ones to Jesus, Who is the great and true Light. We can tell others, in their experiences of need and sorrow, of the fullness that is in Him.
We should bear this witness to Christ in many ways. We can do it by our words, telling what He has done for us. There certainly is great honor for Jesus, and also great blessing for others, in simple testimony for Him. If a physician heals us, we speak his praise among all our friends. Why should we not thus bear witness to the Great Physician of our souls?
We can bear witness, too, by our lives – showing in ourselves what Christ can do for others who will come to Him. We should always be good witnesses and true representatives, never giving any wrong impression of our Master, either by word or by deed. It would be sad indeed if anyone, by looking at us, should get a wrong thought about Jesus. We need to be very careful that we never, in any way, misrepresent Him.
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God bless you and your family, this day and always.
All for our King’s glory,
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