ON A MISSION
"And the LORD sent you on a mission." 1 Samuel 15:18a
More Than Tissue Paper Christians
They scurry in the door.
Backpacks thud on the kitchen table top.
Frenzied zippers fling open and the mouth of the bag opens wide.
And emerge. With a plastic bag of treasures.
It's a chandelier.
It's a masterpiece she is proud of, therefore so am I.
She clicks the button and the flashlight burns bright, the tissue paper letting the light through. Not all of it, but some. With a gentle green glow.
Not transparent, translucent.
Absolute beacons of hope.
So then, what if our beacon doesn't amount to much more than an LED bulb shining through the middle of a paper plate covered in tissue paper? That's how I feel. How much is enough? How transparent do I need to be?
I confess. I'd rather be wrapping paper than tissue paper.
And tissue paper rather than crystal clear glass.
Then maybe we need to remember Who the light is that is streaming through our chandelier. Not so we can try to take over. Try to shine harder for Him. He is the only one who can do the shining.
All we need to do is get out of His way.
The things that cloud God's love in my life all have to do with me. Is that how it is for you too?
We just get scared.
Because getting out of the way means giving up the control.
But Who better to take control in our lives than the One Who holds all of life in the balance in the first place?
The One Who gave up His life for ours.
The One Who rose again, and Who gives us the joy of the resurrection every single day.
The One Who knows us better than we know ourselves and Who is sufficient for us.
When we focus on the true Light of the World, instead of the vessels that carry Him, letting Him through is not only less frightening- it's far more satisfying.
Praying that He shines undeniable love, forgiveness, grace, and mercy into and through your lives today, every day. More and more.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 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." Matthew 5:14-16
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