Object Lessons

Helping or Hindering

Objects: Three lengths of electric extension cord, a piece of black silk, a piece of purple silk, a piece of green silk, and an electric light globe. (Tie the extension cords together, but do not connect them. Tie the light to one, but do not screw it into the socket.)

This globe does not work. I paid a good price for it and these cords; they really should work.

These cords remind me of Christians. The Lord Jesus paid a great price on the cross to purchase our salvation. He now wants us to shine for Him, but very often we fail to do so. In 1 Corinthians 6:20 we read, "Ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."

I never have seen extension cords with bandages on them before, have you? Let's untie this black one, which represents sin. There is no connection! It is no wonder that this globe could not give light. If you have sin in your life, you cannot shine for Christ.

Perhaps we had better look at the other connections. Green reminds us of envy. If you are envious, there is no connection and no light. It will be impossible for you to shine for Christ.

Now that all these difficulties are removed, the light burns brightly. Inasmuch as we are not our own since we have been purchased by Christ, we should be careful to let our light shine for Him.

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