Let The Light Shine

Let The Light Shine!

Author: Dr. Guy Jackson
January 29, 2020

I was reading recently and came across this quote about the Apostle Paul: "As Paul grew older, his evaluation of his own worth decreased. As one draws closer and closer to the light, he is able to see more clearly his own unworthiness." As Paul grew older and close to the end of his earthly ministry, he became even more and more humble. 

This reminded me of one of the first "visual aids" Dr. Bill Boyd taught me in his Principles of Biblical Teaching class, way back in 1995. Dr. Boyd took an incandescent light bulb and drew a simple smiley face on it with a black Sharpie. He screwed the bulb into a lamp and plugged the lamp into an extension cord that had a dimmer switch on it.  At the appropriate time in his lesson, he quoted John the Baptist in John 3:30, "He (Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease." 

Dr. Boyd then took the lamp and showed it to the class. It was easy to see the smiley face on the light bulb.  But as Dr. Boyd used the dimmer to slowly turn on the light, and then to ever so gradually increase the light, slowly but surely the smiley face began to disappear until finally it could not be seen at all because of the full, shining light flooding forth from the inside out. 

Dr. Boyd went on to make the point that the more we allow Jesus to shine in, and through us, the less others will be able to see or notice of us. What an example of a great teacher and great man of God Dr. Boyd is. That simple lesson made an impression on me that continues to this day. And as I am getting older and getting closer to that Light, that scripture and lesson continues to inspire and motivate me. Thank you, Dr. Boyd.

The more time we spend with Jesus, the more others will notice—not us, but Him shining from within us. Acts 4:13 records, "…they were amazed and realized what being with Jesus had done for them!" (The Living Bible).  The best way to spend time with Him is a daily Quiet Time in the word and prayer.