Wisdom's Corner
Do Not Put Out Your Candle

In New Testament times, most of the poor people lived in one room houses. One lamp could light the whole room. This lamp was set on a stone that stuck out from one of the walls. Everyone in the house could see from the light of this one lamp.

When morning came, a small clay cup that was used to measure grain would be put over the lamp to make it go out. Then the lamp would be lit again when night came.

We are to be like the lamp. We are to light the whole world that we come into contact with. Everyone we meet should recognize that we are burning with the light of God. We should never put that light out.

In Matthew 5:14-15 we read, "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house."

Are you shining your light? Or are you putting your light under a bushel? Can all the people around you see because of the light you give them? Or are they all still in darkness because you put out your light?

Until next time, keep studying your Bible. Learn how to have the light of God. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

Mark McWhorter

Copyright 1999

Published by The Old Paths Bible School