Have you ever done an experiment in science class where you hooked a potato to some wires and the electrical current flowed through the vegetable as if it was a wire?
Ok, now if you did the same experiment with a pickle, it’d glow. Yes, the pickle would shine.
My point is that if God can make a pickle shine and light up a dark room, how much more can He do through His children? We just need to learn from the pickle. Yes, even an insignificant vegetable can teach us a valuable lesson.
Now the pickle didn’t glow by itself. No. It was hooked up to a wire, which was then hooked up to the source of the electricity (a batter perhaps). Apply it to humans. Us by ourselves can’t shine. What’s there to shine about us? We’re poor, we’re weak, and we’re full of sin. Honestly, how can we say to others “Hey! look at me! I’ll be you’re light!” when we’re in the dark ourselves.
But add battery and wires, the pickle glowed. With God in our lives, we too can shine for Him. All we need to do is allow His Spirit to flow through us unto other. Be a conductor, not a resistor. God wants to use every single one of His children to be the light that shines for Him in this dark world.
From “God Is Closer Than You Think” by John Ortberg