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The Light – Part 3

Proverbs 31:18
She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
(NIV)

This verse really emphasizes the true purpose of a lamp.  If the sun is shining brightly, and your house has a lot of windows, there is no need for a lamp.  Turning a lamp on at that point is a waste of energy, and you probably wouldn’t even notice that it was on.

The time that a lamp is needed is after the sun goes down.  When you light a lamp in a dark room, there is no hiding it.  As a matter of fact, even a small light can have that effect.  I have been in a hotel room where the tiny red light on the smoke detector has kept me awake for hours!

The darker it gets, the more the light is needed.  That is true in the spirit as well.  We live in a dark society – spiritually speaking.  And it seems to be getting darker and darker with each passing day.  That tells me that there is a reason God has us here in this place, at this time in history.

So many people spend their lifetimes trying to find purpose.  That should be no problem at all for the Christian.  We are to shine the light of Christ wherever we are.  That is our destiny.  To light up the darkness of this world.

Therefore, I need to spend quality time in the presence of the Source of that light.  If I am to adequately reflect Christ, then I need to abide in Him.  Spend time with the Lord today.  Let His joy, strength, and purpose flood your soul.  Then allow His light to spill out to all those around you who need to come into His light.

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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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The Light – Part 2

Exodus 27:20
“Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning.”
(NIV)

Hopefully, all believers want to be a light for Christ in this dark world.  What trips us up is the fact that it doesn’t just happen.  Left to myself I would do nothing worthy of the Lord’s glory.

It follows the same principle as in the verse above.  If Israel wanted the lamps in the tabernacle to continue to burn brightly, they had to be tended to.  It was not just a once a week task.  Olives had to be picked and crushed for their oil.  The oil had to be filtered for clarity.  The wicks had to be changed when they had burned down.  The oil level in the lamps needed to be monitored frequently.

In the same way, hearing a sermon and singing some songs once a week is not enough to keep us burning bright for the Lord.  It is a daily task to tend to the needs of our spirits.  We need the solid food of the Word of God.  We need the living water of the presence of God.  We need to be meditating on His Word throughout the day.  These are the things that keep the lamp going.

As I said in my post yesterday, it is not my light that is shining.  But that doesn’t mean I have no part to play.  Unless the lamp is prepared, there will be no place in me for the light of Christ to ignite.  Keep your lamp in good condition.  Give the fire of the Lord a ready home to light up your world.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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