Command. Jesus, in His
last command, said that we are to be witnesses unto
Him (Acts 1:8). He died to purchase eternal life
for all who would trust in Him, and we must share
the Light of Life.
Oh, if we could but
see a friend, a loved one, an acquaintance, a business
partner, five minutes after their death, we would
surely lament if we had not told them of the Light
Michelangelo once carved
several statues out of ice one cold wintery day,
perhaps to amuse his friends. They were magnificently
done and many came to admire them. But, of course,
soon the sun rose higher and the statues melted.
We would think it foolish
for someone to leave a legacy in ice to turn to
water and mud. But, my friends, some of us have
spent our whole lives carving in ice: making a living;
fixing a house; making sure our lawn is impeccable.
What will it matter 500 years from now?
Your Life Count for Eternity.
Those who are truly wise sculpt in human souls and
fashion them into the image of Jesus Christ. I urge
you to work for the souls of men, and I am not speaking
alone. There is a trio of voices speaking to you.
I speak God's Word to you, but the Holy Spirit is
speaking to you, and so is your own conscience.
How many have stood by the grave of a loved one
and lamented, "Oh, how I wish I had spoken
to this one about Christ."
A man asked his friend,
"How long have we known each other?"
"And you believe,
I understand, that no man can go to heaven except
through faith in Jesus Christ. Is that correct?"
"Oh, yes, I believe
that very definitely."
"Do you really
care for me?"
"Indeed I do."
"Sir, I beg to
differ with you. You actually do not care for me
at all, for in fifteen years I have heard you talk
about hundreds of subjects, but you have never yet
once talked to me about Christ."
There are some in this
world who will never hear the gospel unless they
hear it from you. If everyone of us were to become
a lamplighter for Jesus Christ, there would be such
joy that people would wonder what was going on when
they walked into your church. Nothing you can ever
do will give you such satisfaction.
A businessman had a
layover in Dallas. Being a lamplighter, he wondered
how he could use the hour-and-twenty-minute wait
to good purpose.
He had some tracts
in his briefcase, so he took them out, inserted
a business card in each, and gave one to every man
in that particular section of the airport, saying,
"Here, this will tell you how to become a Christian.
If you would like to know more, I'll be sitting
right over there until my plane leaves in an hour-and-twenty-minutes.
Or, if you would like to write me, here is my business
What do you think happened?
Before his plane left, men were standing four deep
around his seat trying to find out more about how
to become a Christian. And for weeks he was answering
letters from those who had inquired.
Yes, we are all lamplighters,
and they will know where we've been by the lights
we have lit.