“Ye are the light of the world … . Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven” (Matthew 5:14, 16).
Before we can speak for Christ we must shine for Christ.
The story is told of a blind man who was found sitting at the corner of a street in a great city with a lantern beside him. Someone went up to him and asked what he had the lantern there for, seeing that he was blind, and the light was the same to him as the darkness. The blind man replied: “I have it so that no one may stumble over me.”
There is a lesson in this simple story, and something for us to really think about as Christians. Where people don’t read the Bible, many read you and me instead. That is what Paul meant when he said we were to be living epistles of Christ. “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ” (2 Corinthians 3:2-3). Dwight L. Moody once said, “I would not give much for all that can be done by sermons, if we do not preach Christ by our lives. If we do not commend the Gospel to people by our holy walk and conversation, we shall not win them to Christ.”