The Decision: “Let your light shine”
The light we have been lighted with is real — it does shine and will keep on shining if we don’t cover it. Literally “You must let your light shine”. Every Christian is a light (lamp). There are four things necessary in order for a lamp (Christian) to give light.
1. First the lamp must be lighted and only God can light you. The light does not originate within us because salvation is by grace alone. God saves us and places the light of His life inside us when we are born again.
2. Secondly it must be set to shine for a useful purpose, it cannot be hidden. In the same way God sets every member in the body as it pleases Him so that every member has a purpose. Every member is called and gifted and is to use their gifts for God' glory, we are "created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10).
3. Third the lamp must be fed with the proper oil which is the Holy Spirit. The oil of self won’t work. Every Christian must recognize the need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit.
4. The wick must be trimmed in order for the flame to burn its brightest. This includes cutting off anything that would hinder the brightness of the flame. In order for believers to bear fruit they must be pruned.
The world needs to see our light. “The people which sat in darkness saw a great light” (Matt.4:16).