"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
Sitting on the floor in the middle of my bedroom, I took in the long awaited sun while my cold toes began defrosting. I watched as every corner was filled with the warm light God had granted that morning. With the sun and the silence that doesn't happen often in my home, I began thinking.
What kind of light am I?
When God created all the Earth, the first thing that was spoken was "Let there be light." And so it was. Along with that light came automatic separation from darkness, just as when you accept Christ into your heart and become a Christian, there's an automatic separation from the world.
A light in the darkness, that's what we have been called to be... With that being said, what are you shedding light on? Paul instructs it well here when encouraging the church of Phillipi:
"Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain."
This metaphorically punches me in the face.
How many times could I count throughout the day that I did things that I didn't want to do, while grumbling or arguing? It's easy to obey and to serve when you feel like it, when you want to, but that's not what it says. He says do ALL THINGS, meaning the things that you just loathe, as well as the things that you enjoy. He goes on:
-Be blameless and innocent -Without blemish -Hold fast to the word of life...
These are aspects about you that people who are both saved AND unsaved should see, so do they? Are you giving light and glory to the objects and lifestyles around you, or to the One who placed that light into you? Mathew says it this way:
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."
He hand crafted every single piece of you down to the most microscopic cell and knit you together Himself, so to reiterate, what are you shedding light on? What do people see?
A sport? Relationship? Humor? Talents? Etcetera.
All these aren't necessarily bad by any means, but at what point does said thing become our identity? If there's something or someone so precious or important that it takes precedent over God and our relationship with Him, we should evaluate our priorities, because the moment that we are unwilling to give something up to Him is the moment that we should... Picture your mind like a house, and the Lord comes in and cleans out room after room, opening windows to reveal the dust that's been accumulating, making things beautiful again. Imagine if you open that cluttered closet or that cabinet and allow Him to clean it out, and cascade light everywhere.
Just as John 8:12 says, He IS the light and we will never be in darkness if we follow him. Can't we also reflect that light that loves us enough to not only die, but to rise and live and give us hope in our own lives?
I hope this encourages you through the week and you have countless opportunity to shine God's light into someone's darkness...
With hopeful thoughts, -Dakota