Living a radiant life, floodlit from within by God’s love
Luke 11:33-36 : “No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is filled with darkness. Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” (New Living Translation)
I am my own boss. In the sense that I choose how to spend my day. As a father and husband I have obligations, but by in large, how I spend my day is up to me. I have done this intentionally, creating a bit of room in my life so as to explore, to see where God wants me to go. And with choice comes responsibility, I can choose to spend the day in silly and wasteful ways, where I get to the end of the day and wonder what I have achieved! Or I can choose to really serve God, in working through the calling that God has put on my heart. This is not saying I need to be a workaholic (though I am very prone to this), but that what time I do have is spent really well in the service of God.
And God has called me to be a father, so this morning when I led a devotion for my kids I was fulfilling my calling. God has called me to minister through Facebook, so when I post scripture and respond to prayer needs I am fulfilling my calling. But it is so easy to be off track and allow myself to make poor choices.
Reading this awesome passage in Luke made me realize how easy it is to make the wrong choice and what profound affect it has. When it talks about my eyes being either good or bad Paul is saying I have a choice, a choice to either fill my body (my life) with light or with darkness. The greek for light is Phos which speaks of my life being filled with God’s presence, spiritual illumination. So when I am full of Phos I feel deeply God’s presence and the solutions to life’s challenges are revealed like a light shining in the darkness revealing the way forward. Whereas the opposite – darkness, which is skotos speaks of my life being full of punishment and misery. And the passage is very clear, I chose which way to go.
And I want to live a radiant life, floodlit from within by God’s love. Today and everyday I make the choice to seek after God and fill my life with His love!
Another thought: I have several friends who are struggling with an addiction, and for them making the right choice is not so simple. Yes they also need to make a choice, but the darkness much more easily takes them over, making choosing the right path much, much harder. These are the moments when they need strong support in their life, people who they can be completely open and accountable with, people who can help them with their choices each moment of the day.
For in the midst of addiction, the best approach is to deal with the reality right now – how can I make the right choice now? They need to really make choices in the moment and having people with them to assist that is incredibly important. And to those who are struggling with an addiction, you always have my prayers, prayers for strength and determination, prayers for healing.
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Yahweh’s Yarn in a Year : 1 year Bible reading plan
The portion for today is: Luke 15-16
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