– John Hagee
Seeing the Light
You can’t let your light shine if you’ve never seen the light. If a person hasn’t been brought to repentance and faith, they are still dead in their sins (Eph 2:1-2), but if you’ve seen the light, it might be because you saw the light in others, and this might have brought you to the Light of the World (John 8:12). If you’ve seen the light, let your light shine before others my brothers and sisters.
Source of the Light
The full moon is so beautiful, but the moon is only beautiful because the sun shines on it. The moon has no source of light and in fact, it’s all dark except when the sun shines on it, so we too were in spiritual darkness at one time, until the Son of God shown His light upon us. This means we must give God the glory because we are only reflecting the Son of God and His light, but unless we are abiding in the Light of the World, Jesus Christ, we can do absolutely nothing (John 15:5).
Shine into the Darkness
Flashlights come in very handy at night, especially if you lose power, but the power of God can show up in our lives even in the darkest nights of the soul. Since we can do nothing without Christ (John 15:5), with Christ we can do all things when He strengthens us (Phil 4:13), so let that light of yours pierce the darkness and bring light to those still living in darkness. God may save some of those we show the light, but first we must go into the darkness to bring others into the light.
Shown for God’s Glory
Jesus tells us how to let our light shine. He said, “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matt 5:16). That verse contains the specific purpose for why we let our light shine. We do this for the glory of God because God always seeks glory for Himself and for His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us reflect any praise back to God like the moon reflects the sun at night. The moon cannot glory, but must give glory to the sun.
Decades ago, when I entered a dark room at my grandma’s house, I couldn’t find the light switch. I was in the dark. The overhead light was useless to me…until I turned it on. The only thing I could find was the edge of a table, and of course, my shin bone found that! Ouch! If I had let the light shine first, by turning on the light, I wouldn’t have had a bruised shin, so let your light shine before others, so that you might glorify God.