Letting our Lights Shine

Reading: Matthew 5:13-16

Many times when we think of “letting our light shine,” we think of the heroic and miraculous things that people did in the Bible. However, letting our light shine for the Lord doesn’t have to be something majestic or spectacular. It means doing what you can, at every moment, to show others that you belong to Christ. It is the steadfastness of our light that Christ sees, not how far it reaches or the praise we receive about it.

“Helping Fingers” was written by Bruce S. Wright and published in The Children’s Six Minutes in 1922. Now out of print, the book may be read freely online.


For three years I lived in Manila, Philippine Islands. Not far from my home was an orphanage for children who were deaf … Frequently these children were seen at different entertainments that were given about the city. One evening I went to attend a lecture in the Y.M.C.A. Right in front of me sat three children. They were very quiet and orderly. When the lecture began the boy who sat in the middle began to make his fingers go as fast as he could, the two children on either side watching him intently. That center boy could hear, the other two were deaf. So he heard the lecture for them and told it to them by the finger language.

One day a girl, coming out from school, got on a street car to go to her home. The car was crowded. She found a seat next to a woman who was heavily laden with bundles. She had all she could do to hold those bundles in her lap and keep them from falling and scattering their contents on the floor. Then a string about one of the packages became untied. She struggled to get that string fastened securely. She had so many packages, her fingers were numb with cold, and again and again the string slipped just at the crucial time. Finally this school girl, who was an attractive, well-dressed girl, reached over and placed her nicely gloved finger on the obstreperous knot. There was a grateful smile from the troubled woman and a hearty “Thank you.” The next stop was the girl’s home. As she went to the end of the car she passed a school friend who had watched the little incident. She said to her, “I see you belong to the helping hand society.” “No,” replied the girl, “not the helping hand, just the helping finger society.” This is a great society, girls and boys. Admission to it requires no initiation fee, no dues, simply the desire and the will to be helpful wherever you are.

“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” Ecclesiastes 9:10

For Further Study:

  • Read Philippians 2:12-16. In verse 12, Paul writes that we should work out our salvation. Verse 13 says that while we’re doing this, God is working in us! How do we work out our salvation? Verses 14-16 tell us how. What does it say in those verses?
  • Think about salt. What does salt do for the food we eat? How would a child of God be like salt to the world? According to Matthew 5:13, how useful is a child of God who does not try to be like salt? Stick a picture of a salt shaker on your mirror this week so you can think about what God wants you to be like when you leave the house.
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