“The Flicker In The Window”
“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.
Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” Matthew 5:15
Every Christmas Eve, I take a walk around my neighborhood late at night. It’s a tradition I started when I was a teenager in college. It is a time I covet to spend with God in prayer, and in His presence. Often on these late night walks, I am surprised and intrigued to see a flicker of light shining from a random window on a random house. It being so late, I am draw to this light, causing me to wonder…”What is going on in that house so late?” Is someone waiting for a loved one, are the parents still trying to put together that train set or bicycle for Christmas morning? (been there, done that!) Is someone up praying for a family member in trouble?
The point is, the light in the window causes me to wonder, to speculate, to ask the question. I believe we as believers ought to inspire questions and speculation of others because of something others see in us. The wonder that is prompted by God should be placed there by something we exude in our lives – the flicker of God’s light in us.
God’s word uses light as imagery throughout the pages of the Bible on purpose.
“Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.” John 11:36
“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” John 1:4-9
“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 4:6
And the point of making this reference to light is to produce a positive action – shining! He wants us to exude His light to this dark world. He wants us to make a difference in the lives of others – to illuminate their dark path. But how do we make sure our light shines for those around us to see?
By spending time in His presence in worship, we resupply the oil in our lamp, stoke the fire that is already there in us, and set us ablaze for Him. When we pray, our hearts are rekindled toward Him, when we sing of our love for Him, our hearts are re-inspired, and when we give of our time, talent, and treasure to Him, we witness His goodness and become re-energized to serve Him more. That’s what worship is all about!
Have you ever spent time with someone whose faith inspires you, and felt the warmth of Christ when you were in their presence? That’s called wearing the “fragrance of Christ”. We are called to share that fragrance with others. Not to make ourselves look good or inspirational – but to make the King of Kings the object of attention. That’s what the light we shine should point towards – Jesus.
So, as we begin this new year, ask yourself this important question – “Is the candle burning in your window?” Can someone else see the flicker of light that shows them the way to Christ? Who knows who will be walking the street late at night and wondering!
“The good man’s life is full of light. The sinner’s road is dark and gloomy.” Proverbs 13:9