“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.” – Luke 11:33-36
Becoming a Christian was one of the happiest days of my life. It assured me that I was safe from Hell, I had a fire insurance policy.
What I failed to realize at the time was how much responsibility I had taken on. Unlike a job, eternal life with God is assured no matter the job performance. Romans 3:23 says “For the WAGES of sin is death, but the GIFT of God is eternal life.” (Emphasis added) Jesus wanted more for us though. He knew that the best rewards are eternal.
The most rewarding feelings for a Christian is leading someone to Christ. I have only been blessed to do this once. I wasn’t saying or doing the right things when it happened, and I certainly cannot take credit for it, for it was surely the Holy Spirit that did the work, I merely said the words that came to me. Yet, The Lord saw fit to fill my heart with a joy unlike any other.
Unfortunately I repaid him by staying quiet and dormant for the next 10 or so years. I hid from God so far that I was beginning to question my faith, my self, my family, and my life. I feel so blessed that my wife stayed with me and led me back to church and back to God.
Our relationship with God was equated to the light from a lamp by Jesus. Who lights a lamp to hide it in a cabinet or in an unused room? We must let our light shine bright for the world to see, that they may follow God.