Once upon a time a little candle stood in a room filled with other candles, most of them much larger and much more beautiful than it was.
Some were ornate, while others were rather simple like itself.
Some were white, some were blue, some were pink, some were green.
It had no idea why it existed because the other candles made it feel rather small and insignificant.
When the sun went down and the room began to get dark, it noticed a large man walking toward it with a ball of fire on a stick.
It suddenly realized that the man was going to set it on fire.
“No, no!!” it pleaded, “Aaaaagghhh! Don’t burn me, please!”
But it knew that it could not be heard and prepared for the pain that would surely follow.
To its surprise, the room filled with light.
It wondered where the light came from since the man had extinguished his fire stick.
To its delight, it realized that the light came from within itself.
Then the man struck another fire stick and, one by one, lit the other candles in the room.
Each one gave out the same light.
During the next few hours, it noticed that, slowly, its wax began to flow.
It became aware that it would soon melt away and die.
With this realization came a sense of why it had been created in the first place.
“Perhaps my purpose on earth is to give out light until I die,” it mused.
And that’s exactly what it did.
God created you and I as candles of God to produce light in a dark world.
Like that little candle, we produce the same amount of light, no matter how small we are or what color we might be.
But we can’t produce light until we receive it from an outside source.
That source is Jesus Christ, the light of the world.
Matthew 5:16 (NIV) “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.”