Lighting the World With Color

Lighting the World With Color


Ye are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). Purpose of the Illustration

  1. To point out that Christ uses various colors of lights to illumine the world.

  2. To show that whatever our abilities, we are called upon to use them as beacons to guide the world to Him.

  3. To prove that each one has a particular sphere in which he alone can shine for the Master.


  1. A foot-square board or sheet of metal on which to burn the chemical mixtures.

  2. An instrument with which to pulverize the sugar and  the potassium chlorate.


  1. A tablespoonful or two of granulated sugar ac­cording to the number of mounds used.

  2. A tablespoonful of potassium chlorate.

  3. A spoonful of strontium nitrate.

  4. A spoonful of barium nitrate.

  5. Some powdered aluminum.

  6. A spoonful or two of fine iron filings.

Method of Procedure and Chemical Reactions

  1. Pulverize the sugar and the potassium chlorate, but do so separately. Or it is better to buy your chemicals already pulverized.

  2. Mix the sugar and potassium chlorate powders and build four small mounds, or double that number. It is well to sprinkle the sugar and potassium chlorate powder on separate parts of a paper, then fold the paper and pour the mixed chemicals into the desired mounds.

  3. Add to each mound one of the four chemicals listed above, namely, strontium nitrate, barium nitrate, powdered aluminum, and iron filings.

  4. As you speak, mix the added chemicals thor­oughly with the first mixture of sugar and potassium chlorate.

  5. Light the first mound, which will burn with a brilliant red flame.

  6. As you continue to talk, fire the second mound, containing the barium nitrate. This will produce a vivid green flame.

  7. Now fire the third mound, which has the pow­dered aluminum.   This will make a white flame.

  8. Close with the mound containing the iron filings which will send out sparkles.


  1. If you pulverize the sugar and the potassium chlorate together they are liable to explode, hence they must be powdered separately and then mixed.

  2. Your best effects can be produced by firing each mound separately, or by building several mounds with each chemical and firing them at intervals during your talk. By this means you use more chemicals, but you
    add suspense to your talk.

Elijah was thunder and lightning, but David was a song. Isaiah was a man who had viewed heaven; Moses was cut from rock. James was practical; John was a dreamer who found comfort on Jesus' breast.

Peter Cartwright could whip any bully who would break up his meetings. He once closed a dance by taking the hand of the prettiest girl present and kneeling in the center of the dance floor. He then proceeded to pray the heavens open, won fifty converts and shortly afterwards he organized a church with twenty or more of these converts.

Whitefield was the greatest orator who ever stepped into a pulpit; Wesley was a man whose soul had been set aflame with holy zeal. Each one in God's own way was used to light the path of millions into the kingdom of God.

Arrange your chemicals and proceed to build the mounds, At the same time God was using these great and brilliant men to light the world, he found an unknown slave who at one time was traded for a barrel of tobacco. He won him and caused him to be made the first African bishop in his denomination. This man, Samuel Crowther, lighted thousands of his fellow countrymen into the kingdom of God.

Florence Crittenton, who died before she was ten years old, was used in her feeble way to set a light in her father's dark and sinful heart. This light burned with such intensity that after his daughter died he vowed he would found homes for unfortunate girls. And today scores of Florence Crittenton Homes dot the nation. Her light looked small indeed beside that of some illustrious preachers, but God had a place for her to fill and illumine.

Light the red-flame fire. God uses all kinds of lights for His work and glory. Here is one, let us say, of a girl who gave herself to Jesus when she was sixteen. The light of Christ burned brightly in her heart. When she met the man of her choice, Adoniram Judson, she vowed that his life would be hers. They were among the first missionaries to sail from American shores for foreign lands, where this brilliant red-lighted Ann Judson burned with such spiritual intensity that though her husband was in jail for years, she was able to win many Burmese to Jesus.

You say, "But there is no place for me. I am un­known, without any particular ability. My light is insignificant."

It was during the last century that God found such a light, possibly, as you are. She was only a servant girl in Germany who was converted and suddenly became obsessed by the idea of doing something for God's kingdom. She knew she could not go as a missionary, nor could she lead meetings, but God laid it upon her heart to be an inspiration to others. She decided to do the only thing she knew how to do. She called together a group of friends, including the minister, that they might pray each week for missions, missionaries and the salvation of the heathen.

Many decades have passed since that first prayer meeting, but within a period of sixty years sixty mission stations were in operation and sixty million heathen had heard the Gospel preached—because of the little light this servant girl possessed.
No, there is not much you can do for the kingdom! You can simply shine in your own manner, as this poor servant girl did, and give out the color of light the Master affords you.

You know there are various uses for lights. This red one is beautiful, isn't it? Beautiful, yes, but also useful. Red is a danger signal the world around. We use red lights on "stop" signs, on airplanes, on ambulances, to surround flying fields. It is a very useful color of light, indeed. Without red for these danger signals, what would the world do? You retort, "Use some other color instead." Yes, but without that color, then what?

It is so with your light, the flame of your soul. It is needed—God can use it to light the world.

Then there is green, the "go" sign—light the second mound—and white, the sign of purity and the light by which we read—light the third mound. And there are all sizes of lights from a twenty-million-candle-power searchlight that blazes through the heavens to the tiny little candle used to light a sickroom. All are useful and needed in the world's work.

And in God's kingdom—set of the mound containing the iron filings—there is a place for you, however small or great the power of your light.

The little maid, who was the servant of Naaman's wife, filled her place well in lighting the great Syrian captain to the prophet of Israel who healed him. Queen Esther's light was more brilliant, and burned even more brightly and gloriously. Could anybody decry the little lad with the five fishes and the barley loaves because his light was small and his deed insignificant? No, because the Master touched the candle of his soul and his deed furnished the basis for one of Christ's mightiest miracles.

Christ needs all kinds of lights, set on various hills of character, to light the world. There is a place for you, sick or well, young or old.

Moody, speaking about a certain invalid, said, "That woman gave me my roving commission ..." He referred to the commission which caused him to bring the Gospel to millions. The story runs like this: While in Chicago waiting for his tabernacle to be completed, Moody felt led to go to London. He arrived there, after an unusual chain of circumstances, spoke at a public gathering, and a man asked him to preach at the chapel where he was minister. A mighty flood tide of revival followed. Moody could not understand the cause until the minister led him to a house where, in a small upstairs room, was an invalid woman.

In telling the story, the invalid said, "God laid it on my heart two years ago to pray that Moody would come to our chapel."

For two years she prayed, and prayed, and prayed and in the end God took Moody away from his local Chi­cago pulpit, and gave him the world as a platform— all because an invalid prayed!

Dare you say that there is nothing for you to do when God uses an invalid woman to radiate such a great light?

There is work for everyone; there are lights for each to set burning. Whatever your sphere, Christian, whatever your age, let Christ's power fill your soul and shine with the light He gives you, whatever its coloration, and you will truly be as Jesus said, "The light of the world."

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