Now that Christmas is over all the lights and decorations, that we have been looking at since November, will come down. These will be stored away until next November when they will shine again to celebrate Christmas. This started me thinking about our light and decorations as Christians and do we store these away and only present them on special occasions?
As I have written in previous post, I believe our light comes from the Holy Spirit that dwells in us when we are saved. I believe this light is what sets us apart from the world and draws attention to us as being different. In Luke 11:36 it says, If then your whole body is full of light, having no dark part, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light. I believe this light shines brightly when we first get saved because we are plugged into Jesus Christ that powers our light. We are getting a steady current of electricity or power from his Word, prayer, and just dwelling in his presence. We stay close to our power source, so we can remain plugged in but over time if we are not careful we can start to move away from our power source. We let ourselves get too busy to study his Word or spend time in prayer. Then, we began to pile the things the world is throwing at us on top of our light. Because of these two things, our light becomes dim. People don’t notice our light anymore. We begin to blend in with the crowd and are not set apart.
The decorations I believe are the gifts and services you give back to him. I believe when you are living and fulfilling your purpose for the glory of God these are the ornaments and bows that decorate your life. As you begin to serve and fulfill your purpose, your behavior changes and the way you speak changes. The fruits of the Spirit which are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness become evident in someone who is striving to walk worthy of the Lord. Colossians 1:10-12 says, that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. These along with your light set you apart from the world. These things make the world take notice and see that you are different. However, as our light dims our decorations diminish because we are no longer focused on God and serving him but have become consumed with us. We begin to have self-pity instead of compassion for others. It becomes all about what others have done to us rather than what can we do for others. We begin to have the mentality of look what all I have done, and no one even noticed so I am not doing anything else. This is a worldly mentality not a Godly mentality.
When our light dims and our decorations diminish, this is when we do the most damage to God’s reputation. If someone who doesn’t know Jesus Christ as their Savior is watching you and sees the change in you, but after some time, you return to the same behaviors and attitude you had prior to being saved, you just damaged God’s reputation. Your actions just confirmed every doubt that person ever had about God. Just stop and think about how many people have we turn away from God because of our actions? This is a scary thought, but one as Christians we should stay mindful of each day.
While our lights and decorations for Christmas may be gone, let’s keep our lights and decorations for Jesus Christ burning strong.
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day in Jesus Christ!!