Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. ~ Psalm 119:105 NIV
I recently heard Beth Moore teach on this subject. She focused on God’s Word, the Bible, being our lamp to guide our path. It inspired me. At one point, she said a lamp is made up of light and heat. My mind ran off on a tangent and I thought of the following verse.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:14-16 NIV
We are also referred to a lamp. We shine our light, Christ in us, to the world. But then there is the heat part. That intrigued me. Does my lamp give off heat?
Heat is my passion. My desire for Christ. My desire to share Christ with others. My desire for the things that Christ desires. That is my heat. Do I have heat? Am I seeking Him daily to keep my passion for Him and the things of God alive? Do I want to shine from the stand and light the house? Can my light be seen from the top of a hill?
Remember the old Christmas lights we all had? You know, those big big bulb ones that we put outside and even on our tree. They were a pain because they were wired in series. If one burned out, they all burned out. Also, they were hot!!!!! Tree fires were no joke back in the day. I want to be an old Christmas light. I want to light up all those wired into my life. I want to burn with passion for Christ and His people. I want to be a beautiful, yet dangerous, multi-color display.
Maybe I took the analogy a bit far, but it truly is what I want. I want to be a lamp with light and heat. I have always focused on being a light. Rarely have I focused on heat. Let’s see how things change when I turn it up a notch. I hope the heat of my lamp lights many other lamps and sets them ablaze as well. Hope you turn up the heat a bit too.
Dream Big! Pray Big!