Know, Grow, Go, Show – Lesson 3

Go and Take God’s Word to a Lost World

Growing strong is awesome and something I love to see in God’s young people.  It is also vitally important for us to continue to grow.  Even as we get older each of us should be growing.  Many times, around the first of the year I look back and ask myself, “Did I grow in Christ last year?”  Because I always want to be growing spiritually.  God wants us to grow but he has left us with yet something else to do.

The disciples walked with Christ approximately three years.  During this time Jesus taught the disciples about knowing God, how to grow in understanding about God, the right way to worship, how to pray, how to love each other and love those they met along the way, but Jesus also left the disciples with an especially important commission, leaving them with their purpose in his last conversation here on earth.

Acts 1:8

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

Christ shared with his disciples their purpose and gave specific instruction as to what they were supposed to do after he ascended to heaven.

Mark 16:15

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Jesus told the disciples in Mark 16:15, “Go ye into all the world,” in Acts 1:8, Jesus told the disciples they need to go and be a witness.  Once we know God and we grow in him, God gives us a mission – something for us to do.  Christ directs us to go out and spread the seed that has been planted in our lives.  The disciples were charged to plant the seed in Jerusalem.  Jerusalem is where Jesus and the disciples lived; we also need to plant the seed where we live in our own communities.  Then Jesus told them to go into all Judea, which is a little bit further out from where the disciples lived.  So, we also need to go and plant the seed of God’s word in our schools and workplaces.  Then Jesus told them to plant in Samaria, a place where the Jews did not go.  We need to go and carry the seed to places sometimes we may not want to go.  Jesus told his disciples to carry the seed of God’s word to the ends of the earth.  We also, need to carry the seed of God’s word to places we may never thought possible for us to go.  This may seem like a difficult task for a young person, but God sent the Holy Spirit to empower us with knowledge, with words, and with boldness.  Christ sent his spirit, and his spirit knows exactly what we need and when we need it.

How can we go and spread the seed of the gospel?

Matthew 5:14-16

“14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 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.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Jesus is telling the people, “Ye are the light of the world…Let your light so shine before men.”  What is this light?  When we do not know God, we are without light.  In Genesis chapter 1, God said let there be light, and when God said it, there was light.  The first thing that God works in the hearts of men through salvation is he gives them light.  The Lord pours light into the soul, so Christ is seen by faith.  That light takes hold of the inner man, so he only sees light from God.  This light not only shines upon the heart, but from the heart.  Have you been lit with the light of God?  God wants us to receive his divine light so we can shine brightly for him in this dark world.  God has many lights, you might be a small light, because maybe you are 10 years old today.  Your age doesn’t matter if the Lord has given you the light, he wants you to shine.



This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
Every day I’ll let my little light shine.

Shine all over my neighborhood I’m gonna let it shine
Shine all over my neighborhood I’m gonna let it shine
Shine all over my neighborhood I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine let it shine all the time.

Hide it under a bushel, NO!, I’m gonna let it shine.
Hide it under a bushel, NO!, I’m gonna let it shine.
Hide it under a bushel, NO!, I’m gonna let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Our children in America sing this song.  While they are singing, they hold up their finger and twirl it in the air.  Their finger is a symbol of their light.



This exercise can be done with as many people as you have candles available.  Pass out your candles to your group.  Have one person come to the front and light their candle.  Notice one candlelight gives a little bit of light.  Now have the first person with their lit candle, light the candle of the person next to him or her.  Now that second person with their lit candle will light the candle of next person. Continue this one candle lighting at a time until all candles are lit.  This is symbolic of what God wants us to do.  He wants to put his light in our hearts then we give that light to someone else so they can shine for God too.  Now hold your candles up high together so everyone can see your light.

This is what God was telling the disciples you are the light of the world hold it up high.  Do not hide the light under a bushel or cover.  Let your light so shine so it can light other people toward God.  Jesus was raised a carpenter, but we seldom think of Jesus as a carpenter.  We think of Jesus as the savior of men, a servant of God or the light of the world.  We ought to live in the same way, so if we are the carpenter, the Christian part of us swallows up the carpenter.  If we are a student, a teacher, or whatever our situation in life, we need to live so the most prominent fact about us is that others will say he or she is a Christian.  You are a light, and your one business is to shine.  Bring Christ into everything that you do.  Let Jesus shine out of everything.  When we are lit, this means we are shining every place we go.

The first place we need to shine is in our own home.  Can those in your home see you shining or are they saying, “Uhh, my brother is so mean!”.  What about your parents?  Do they know that your light is shining?  What about when we have a bad day at school, and we come into the house?  What about the time our brother or sister borrows our clothes we do not want them to wear?  Our light should be shining where we live.  In our home everyone should know we are a Christian.  Our lights should be shining in the other parts of our lives as well.  Is your light shining while you are playing football or involved in other activities outside of home?

This light should be precious to us and we need to take good care of it.  Do not let anything cover your light.  When we are with others who are not Christian the devil wants us to hide our light for God.  But God is calling you to let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works.  If your light burns dimly there will be a dim light in this world.  What would the earth be like without the sun?  We would live in darkness all the time with no light.  God calls all who have given their heart to him to shine their lights brightly.  God wants you to shine your light in your home, your village, and at your school, so others can experience this light.  Do you know the responsibilities of presidents, emperors, kings, members of congress, do not compare to the responsibility of a saint to shine God’s true light in the world?  These great ones in society are not the lights of the world but God has called his children to be his light to the world.  Without this light the world will fall into judgement and hell.  Ask God to help you be a light, and go into the world and shine for him, so this dark world will see a path to God.