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Bright Light

John 1:6-9 – “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

Yesterday was our final lesson in Sunday school on Bible heroes. I can’t believe that November is coming to an end and we will soon be starting another year. Man, time flies! But I digress…

We studied about John the Baptist yesterday. What a great study. The focus of the lesson was the fact that John was a reflection of Jesus. He wasn’t the the Light, rather he was a reflection of the Light.

Have you ever been outside when the moon is so bright that you could drive your car with no headlights? The moon, in and of itself, has no light, no brightness within itself that would make it illuminate. It reflects the sun. The sun will shine on it at just the right angle and the sun is what gives the dark moon an amazing light.

This is the same way we are supposed to be in our walk with Jesus. He never asked us to be Him exactly. He did not ask us to be a mirror of Him and reflect Him perfectly. He is, however, asking us to reflect His Light.

Just like John, He is asking us to spend time with Him, to learn from Him and to get to know Him in an intimate way. And then, along the way, He is asking us to shine His Light into the lives of those around us. We don’t need to hound them. We don’t need to badger them. We don’t need to intimidate or otherwise scold them. We need to reflect Him. We need to live in such a way that we shine His light and show His love.

Today is a new day. You have a choice to make today – are you going to be a bright shining light for Him or are you just going to be a glimmer of hope? Both are good but would you rather have a spotlight when it’s dark or a pin light to light your home? When it is dark, I want the biggest and brightest light I can find. Friends, the world is dark and getting darker. We need that big, bright Light.

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Lightbulb

Psalm 18:28 – “For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.”

Lightbulb are some pretty amazing things. I can’t imagine my life without them. Oh, I could survive, but if I don’t have to, I don’t want to. 

Let’s think about a lightbulb for just a few moments and how it is like our life as a follower of Christ. 

  1. A lightbulb will not work unless it’s plugged in. A follower of Christ is ineffective and inefficient if not plugged into the ultimate Light. We have to daily make the choice to be plugged into God’s Word and choose to let Him light our path. I can’t work and be an effective part of His kingdom if I don’t take the time to plug into Him. 
  2. When a lightbulb is on, you can’t hide its light. It spreads out all over the place. You can contain it somewhat, but you cannot fully shut it out. We need to have the same concept applied to our heart. When we are living for the Lord, no one should be able to turn off that Light. If it does get turned off, it’s because we let our guard down and let Satan get in there and mess things up. When we are daily walking with Him, His light should be blatantly obvious to everyone around us. 
  3. A lightbulb is really no good unless it is on – that’s the only time it is useful. Before we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, we really had no true purpose. Our life was being lived but with no real meaning. There are millions of people walking around today with no real meaning in their life. Christ gives us meaning.  Christ gives us purpose. Just like a lightbulb in a package is useless without electricity, our life is of no real use without Christ. But praise the Lord He is the “God of second chances”. He can give purpose and meaning to anyone who asks it of Him. 
  4. When a lightbulb is burning bright, it gets hot. It gives off heat. When we are following after Christ, we will be “on fire”. The Light of His love burns within us so that the people not only see His love but feel it as well. 
  5. For a lightbulb to be useful, someone has to flip the switch and provide electricity. In our life, we have to have the same thing. We need to have that current running through us. And where do we get it from? The Word of God. He flips the switch when we open the Book. His Word will light our lamp and set our feet to moving. His Word will shine in us and make the darkness flee. But just light a lightbulb will not glow without electricity, we cannot glow without the Word shining through us. 

So you see, in a lot of ways, followers of Christ are a lot like a lightbulb. We are dull and useless without God’s electrifying Word.  It when we plug into Him, look out! We will burn brighter and brighter because of Him. I want to encourage you today to plug into Him. Let your light shine because of Him. Let Him make your bulb be the brightest it can be today. 

The Light 

Matthew 5:14-17 – “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hidNeither do men light a candleand put it under a bushelbut on a candlestickand it giveth light unto all that are in the houseLet your light so shine before menthat they may see your goodworksand glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

There are three types of light. There is natural light – light that comes from the sun. There is artificial light – from the light bulbs in our home. And there is reflected light – the light we get from the moon at night. 

Natural light can be compared to Jesus. Malachi 4:2 – “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” Here Malachi calls Jesus the sun. It’s only right to think of Jesus as the sun – He supposed to be the center of our universe. John reminds us in Revelation that there will be no need for the sun we have now in Heaven because Jesus will be our Light. Now that is hard to wrap my brain around. 

Artificial light is just like artificial Christians, close but not the same. You can tell that there is just something off. Artificial light these days is slow to warm up to its full brightness. That drives me crazy! Especially in the bathroom! I guess you could say that one benefit to artificial light is that it certainly makes you appreciate the real deal. 

And then you have reflective light. This is where we are supposed to be as followers of Christ. Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, we are to reflect the Light of the never ending Savior. We are supposed to be the reflection of Him in the darkness of the world. 

I learned this weekend that the last phrase of this verse “Let your light so shine” is very unique. The way that it is worded in the original language is more along the lines of “allow you light to shine”. That puts a whole new thought on it. I can allow my light not to shine. I have that choice. I can choose to out my candle under the table. I can choose to ignore it and leave it to not burn as brightly. 

So today princess, be that reflected light. Shine back the Light of the world. Don’t dim your testimony. Don’t hide under the table. Stand up and stand out for all to see. 

The candles in the window

Matthew 5:15,16 – “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. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

My husband and I visited western Pennsylvania these last few days. It was a beautiful and relaxing trip. It was dark by the time we reached our resort. As we were driving on the winding roads in the dark, I was looking at the houses we past. Many of them had a candle in the window. In fact, they had one in every window facing the road.

I have heard of some cultures where this is common practice. For some people, they place the candle in the window to keep the evil spirits away from their home. Now, I’m not saying that this is the reason that people have them in their windows in western Pennsylvania. I think it makes the home look very welcoming.

But it made me think of the verse I mentioned above. People do not light a candle and then hide it. They put it out to provide light for everyone around it. Likewise, when we accept Jesus as our Savior, we are supposed to put it out there for everyone to see. We are encouraged to be different. We are encouraged to love others.

Is the way that you live your life enough evidence to convict you of being a follower of Christ? Or have you put your candle under something? Do you only bring it out when problems arise? Do you only peek at it when you have a question that needs to be answered?

Princess, I want to encourage you to put your candle in the window for all to see. Let them see how welcoming your Savior really is. Let everyone see the bright spot on a dark night. Give them the opportunity to be warmed by His Light.

Shine on, sister!

Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light so shine before men, that they might see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

I had some trouble coming home last night from revival. God was putting on quite a light show and I was driving. There was a storm going on north of us and the lightning was AMAZING! It wasn’t the kind of lightning that looked, from where I was at, to be doing a lot of damage. I’m sure somewhere people were taking cover. But the backside of the storm was quite the show. Every time that the sky lit up, you could see just the outline of the clouds. You could tell that they were some serious looking clouds yet you could hear no thunder. That’s how far away the storm was.

Anyway, the whole scene reminded me that this is how we are supposed to be as followers of Christ. The world is dark. I mean super dark. And we are called to shine our light. By shining our light, we show others Jesus. Just like the lightning showed me the clouds brewing around the storm, we are to show others Jesus by the actions that we live out.

But the whole lightning thing made me think about this as well – our light should not be surprising and short lived. Our light should be a sustaining light. The kind that stays around and lights up everything.
Our light should also be bright. Some of the lightning was not as bright as other strikes. Our light needs to be super bright. Another thing we have noticed this week is the brightness of a green light on a stop light when it is dark. There is this one stop light that is usually red when we approach it. And when it turns green, you are momentarily blinded by the brightness. Our light should be so bright that others have no doubt of who we belong to.

So today, princess, how is your light? Does your light brighten up a dark world? Is it short lived or long lasting? Is the brightness of your light skull piercing or just barely there (like a nightlight when you are trying to sleep)? Jesus said that we need to shine our light before men. This light will show others your good works that you have done for your Savior. And when people see your light, they should glorify the Father, not you. You see, God doesn’t want us to shine our light on ourself, but rather, He wants us to shine our light on Him. Because He is the True Light. And He is the Light from which all others get their light. Shine on, sister!

Poor little me

Do you ever feel like you are being picked on? No matter how much you try, how much you give of yourself, it is just not enough. There are times you want to pull your hair out!

I remember when my kids were little. There were times when they would be at each other’s throat and I would be at the end of my rope. I would put them in their separate car seats, close the door and look up to heaven and beg “If you don’t do something about these two, I am going to do something terrible!” You know, they always took a long nap after a short drive. I know you have been there, if you have children.

You know, sometimes God just asks us to cheerfully endure. No need to balk, no need to fret. Just keep on truckin’.

Philippians 2:14-16a – “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fail in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life..”

Dear Princess, do you sometimes find yourself complaining and wallowing in your own sorrow? I know I do.  “Poor little me, I’m so neglected.” Princess, do you ever stop and think about the FACT that the God of Heaven never leaves your side, so you are never neglected and mistreated? That, dear one, is the devil whispering in your ear when you start down that path.

And look at our verse today, it says “do everything” – that means EVERYTHING. Cleaning the bathrooms at home today, thank God you have a home to clean. Going to face the battles at the grocery store, thank God you have the finances to feed your family. Traffic going to work, thank God you have a job.

We are to “become blameless and pure”. How beautiful is a princess that is blameless and pure. Choose to “shine like stars in the universe”.