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Being A Lighthouse For Christ
10/17/2016

I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. John 12:46 (NKJV)

A few years ago my wife Carol and I were on vacation, driving up the eastern seaboard between Connecticut and Maine. We were doing a self-led tour of various lighthouses. Each lighthouse had its own unique style and history to it. Some of them were functioning just as they did for hundreds of years, while others were no longer in use.  

I thought about how these lighthouses were built to draw sailing vessels into a safe harbor. It made me think about how Jesus had done the same thing — He is the light who came into a dark world, to guide all who would be drawn unto Him. The light Jesus provides is the very light brought forth from God to keep men from perishing in the darkness of sin. We see the Psalmist speaking of this saving light from God.

For You have delivered my soul from death. Have You not kept my feet from falling, That I may walk before God In the light of the living? Psalms 56:13 (NKJV)

As believers of Jesus Christ we have become sons of God and also “sons of light” (1 Thess. 5:5). So, in this respect, we have become human lighthouses — lighthouses capable of reflecting the light of Christ to those who would otherwise perish in the sea of sin and death.

For so the Lord has commanded us: “I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ” Acts 13:47 (NKJV)

It is important for us to know we can never manufacture light as it comes from God — He alone is light. We are only capable of allowing God’s light to shine through us as we live in a Christ-like way. 

It is equally important for us to know we can also keep the light of God from shining within us by living in a way that grieves the Holy Spirit — by sinning. 

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:30-32 (NKJV)

So I guess some of the questions we must ask ourselves today are:

     Q: Do I want to be a functioning lighthouse for God?

     Q: Do I want to be used to draw others to the light of Jesus?

     Q: Do I want to be a vessel of honor in the Lord's hands?

     Q: Am I willing to live in a way causing the light to burn bright, or will I snuff it out with my foolish and selfish desires to live independently and willfully?

It amazes me how God would allow each of us to be used in such an amazing way — to reflect His light to those seeking safety. We cannot earn this right, it is only by God’s amazing grace we have been saved, forgiven and filled with the light of His Spirit. We do however get to choose whether our lighthouse shines bright. Let’s choose to shine!

I want to encourage you to see if there is anything keeping the light from shining through you. If there is, then get rid of it, and ask God to forgive you. Let Him fill you with His light today and begin to draw people to Him. 

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to God’s light?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you shinning brightly with the light of Christ?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Ask God if there is anything in your life you need to lay down and repent of. If there is, then ask Him for His strength, mercy and empowerment to walk in an abiding relationship with Him. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your light within my life. Thank You Lord for allowing others to be drawn to You through me — All glory and honor to You. Help me to identify with anything I need to lay at Your feet and to repent of today. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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