Sunday, 11 January 2015

Do you want to shine?




EXPLORE:

It's a rainy day here at our place, perfect for reflecting on what I've been reading in the Bible and thinking about how that works in real life. I've heard and read these words above said by Jesus in Luke many times but it seemed to be standing out just a little bit more today. You see I was sitting in church this morning hearing from Revelation 20, and as you do my thoughts were wondering and I scanned over to the next chapter in Revelation and I saw these words...

"I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendour into it." {Rev 21:22-24}
All these thoughts came rushing to me and for a moment I got really excited because only that morning over my cuppa had I read all this talk about lamps in Luke. So I was thinking "The Lamb is it's lamp, Jesus is the lamp, your eye is the lamp of your body" and then I couldn't help be taken back to our readings in Genesis this week about creation;

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness" {Gen 1:1-4}


"Yes, yes" I thought, "God is the lamp that gives light to all the earth, this happened even before the sun was created and he made the light separate from the darkness".

APPLY:

Perhaps, then Jesus is saying in Luke;

'You need me. If you want to truly shine.. keep your eyes fixed on me, let me be the lamp in your life, let me shine the way, listen to me, let me bring you out of the darkness. Only I can be the true lamp that gives light to the world. I am the "Lamb".

PRAY:

Dear Lord, be the light in my life, let me trust in your perfect goodness and help me keep my eyes fixed on you when the darkness starts to creep in. May your lamp burn brightly in me so that others might see your goodness and love.

Amen















 

Friday, 26 December 2014

Re-thinking Christmas...

Today's REAP Readings: Titus

"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope- the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good" {Titus 2:11-14}

You would think Christmas for most should be a time of happiness, catching up with family, enjoying good food and delighting in giving presents. But for some including myself, it is such a difficult self-reflective time of year that to be honest and to use the best term to explain it, "does my head in a little". There just seems to be such a built up expectation surrounding this mysterious day of the year that somehow I fall victim to it each year...

You see growing up as a non-Christian, Christmas was about the presents, the food, Santa...and now as a family of five under God's grace I need to continually re-think how we do Christmas and continually repent at how I have failed at keeping Christ at the centre...again.

Each year I have these thoughts, "Next year we're going to elope from Christmas!"

Can we do that?


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Paul's letter to Titus reminds me that sometimes we need to just say "no" to the way the world does things, including Christmas. Sometimes we need to re-think the way we do things...even if others don't agree or if it challenges them a little too much.


Jesus gave himself for us...

And when we get that, Christmas is never the same again. The way we view that baby in a manger, is forever changed.

Last night I found myself praying again these words, "Lord just take me home"...because this life, it's demands and it's constant rejection of our loving Saviour, can sometimes be to much to bear.

I just want him to take me home so I don't have to endure it any longer...

This might sound strange to you, but for me the constant feeling of being separate from the "world" makes me yearn for a place I can love God fully without fearing the judgement of others, a place where I can be myself and be home.

And if He comes tonight, I am more than ready...





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