Lighting up a room

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” John 8:12.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; John 7-8.

What kind of “light” am I?

I have owned a few flashlights.  The way to know replacement batteries are required is when the light from the flashlight is dim or has gone out entirely.

So here I am, considering myself a Godly person.  Yet how is that evidenced in my midst?  Sticking with the light analogy, I should be shining brightly.

That doesn’t mean that I shine my light into someone’s eyes.  It means that, in and of itself, the light that is me is bright.

Many of us will be traveling to other places during the holiday season ahead.  We will be in places where the things of God are secondary.

We must enter those places intending to maintain a Godly brightness.  We can’t acquire a “bright” Godliness once we’ve arrived.  That brightness MUST be in place before we set out to travel.

I am talking to myself on this one: I must be filled with Him.  If I am “dim” where I live, I can’t even dream of rightly representing Him elsewhere.

“God, help me.  I am weak.  You are strong.  I am a flickering light because of my waywardness.  I cannot represent You in my present condition.  Retake me over.  I surrender to You.  Cleanse me.  Toss out the garbage that permeates me.  I do not want anything to be lessening my ability to be Your Light in other places.  I ask for Your Words and Your Thoughts right now.  I love You, Father.”

Do we have enough battery power to light up a room this holiday season?



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