What Makes the Light Shine?

A light must have electricity or fuel. In the time of the Bible, lamps burned oil to provide light. Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Only those who have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior have the Holy Spirit indwelling them (Romans 8:9). He brings “the oil” that makes the Light shine. However, there is a problem. Sin clogs the flow of the oil. Our light might be tiny or just flickering. Someone watching might not even notice a “spark” that weak. On the other hand, when the oil flows freely, lamps shine brightly. As the Holy Spirit purifies us, His light shines more and more effectively. Some begin to “see” their sin and their need of the Savior. For those who come to the Light, Paul’s testimony in II Corinthians 4:6, will be their testimony as well. “….God,  Who commanded the Light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to (give) the light of the knowledge of  the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” Laurentius Laurenti has given us a unique hymn with this title: “Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers.” It speaks about His Light shining through us: “Rejoice, rejoice, believers and let your lights appear; the evening is advancing, and darker night is near. The Bridegroom is arising and soon is drawing nigh. Up, pray and watch and wrestle; at midnight comes the cry. The watchers on the mountain proclaim the Bridegroom near; go forth as He approaches, with alleluias clear. The marriage feast is waiting; the gates wide open stand. Arise, O heirs of glory, the Bridegroom is at hand! The saints, who here in patience their cross and sufferings bore shall  live and reign forever when sorrow is no more. Around the throne of glory the Lamb they shall behold; in triumph cast before Him their diadems of gold. Our hope and expectation, O Jesus, now appear; arise, O Sun so longed for, o’er this benighted sphere. With hearts and hands uplifted we plead, O Lord, to see the day of earth’s redemption that sets your people free!” Selah! Light exposes need and that need is Jesus! Bear your light brightly, with oil supplied by the Holy Spirit. Ron

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