More than half a century ago, I head brother Marshall Keeble preaching on the subject of letting our light shine before men. In his inimitable way, he said, “Yo’ light can’t shine if you don’t stay plugged in.” Then he went on to show that if a Christian fails to stay connected to the source of Divine power, his light fails to shine.

That lesson is as pertinent today as it was then. When we think of Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,

And a light unto my path,” then we need to realize that unless our delight is in the law of the Lord and we meditate on it day and night (Psalm 1:2) our lights go out.

John 1:4 says, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” When a person by any deliberate act becomes disconnected from Christ, he has, in effect, become unplugged and his light goes out. When Jesus said, “If the light that is in you be darkness, how great is that darkness,” (Mt.6:23) He was emphasizing the fact that unless a Christian stays plugged in, the darkness that comes will be worse than if the light that had never been on. Peter points out the same thing in 2 Peter 2:20-21, “For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the are again entangled therein and overcome, the last state is become worse with them than the first.  For it were better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered unto them.”

When Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world (Mt.5:14), He did not mean that in and of ourselves we are light. The only way we can be light is to stay plugged in to the source of light. We are the light of the world if/as/when we let the light of Christ shine through us.

David had another wonderful thought in Psalm 119:9, 11 “Wherewith shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.–Thy word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.” The song, “How shall the young secure their hearts” expresses something that every person, young and old, should know.

“How shall the young secure their hearts and guard

their lives from sin? Thy word the choicest rules

imparts to keep the conscience clean.”

Every person, young and old needs to know the value of having the word laid up in the heart. I can remember committing an occasional sin as far back as 65 years, but I never remember committing one when I took the time to remember God’s word with reference to it. For example, when I was tempted to lie, the thought came to me, “Lie not one to another; seeing that ye have put off the old man with his doings” (Col. 3:9) and I did not lie. On more than one occasion, when a strong temptation came, I thought of 1 Corinthians 10:13, “There hath no temptation taken you, but such as man can bear: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” Without exception, whenever I thought of that passage and asked God for strength to overcome the temptation, He provided it.

If we stay plugged in, not only will our light keep shining, it will guide others, as well as ourselves, into pathways or righteousness.

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