Are you a reflection of someone else’s light ?
The sun is a burning and glowing sphere whereas the moon just shines but does not burn, it merely reflects the sun’s light. A lamp not only shines but also burns, and so does a candle. The Lord commanded his disciples to shine like a lamp (Matthew: 5: 16). Those who burn within can give light on the outside. Anything that does not burn within is nothing but a reflection of another light. Those who minister with a burning heart for the Lord, His bride (The Church) and for the perishing souls are the true burning lamp.
Romans 12: 11 says, ‘fervent in spirit, serving the Lord’. We should serve the Lord with fire in our spirits. There are people who have the spirit but no fire in them and there are those who have the fire but no Spirit in them. In this series with Lifeandgodlyness, we will be striking the balance.
In Acts: 1: 13 Simon is referred as ‘Zelotes’ (zealous one). He was one among the group of Jews who resisted the Roman Empire. This is not a spiritual zeal but carnal or emotional. There are many who are zealous for their worldly needs, also there are zealous religious fanatics, there are those who are zealous for name and power, there are people who are zealous for vengeance, and there are those who have the lust for money in their hearts but preach with a great zeal. All of these are not just carnal but also evil.
God desires from us a Spiritual zeal. The Love of God makes us zealous in spirit. ‘Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it’ (Song of Solomon: 8: 7).
The Holy Spirit induces the love of God in our hearts, but as wickedness arises, the love of God waxes cold. If God is Love, Satan is selfish. As the darkness (satanic deeds) sweeps, the church and the people there in are turning selfish and without the love of God. Love, which is supposed to burn and shine in the hearts of people is turning cold.
God spoke to Moses from the burning bush and when God descended upon Mt Sinai, He descended with fire. In the second commandment, He says ‘I the LORD thy God a jealous God’. God answered Elijah’s prayer with fire and on the day of Pentecost, the Spirit descended in the form of tongues of fire. Any one experiencing the presence of this God will have zeal in his spirit. A person in whose heart, this Holy Spirit burns, is the one who has the true zeal. The zeal for the perishing souls and the salvation of nations.
Therefore its time for those of us having this true zeal to start putting ourselves out there. Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others” (Matthew 5:16a). He explained that no one lights a lamp just to hide it under a basket. A lamp is meant to be placed on a stand to give light to everything around it. Whether you’re timid or outgoing, you’re called to be a light to the people around you. That’s only possible if you’re taking time to interact with people and cultivate relationships while exercising the gifts and talents God has placed within you, affecting the world out there.
It has become a normal phenomenon to have Christians whose zeal ends within the four walls of the Church. Meanwhile, the church has to be one of the tools that ignites the fire within us for the dark world out there.
The ideal environment for the shining of our light isn’t in the comfortability of the four walls of the church, but rather in the seven culture-shaping areas of influence over each society—media, government, education, economy, family, religion, and celebration (arts and entertainment)—these are the keys to taking a nation for the kingdom of God.