Light and life go together
Have you ever been in complete darkness?
I remember a trip I once took to the Arizona desert. The sky was inky black. And without streetlamps or the glow of the city, just walking a few steps was difficult. I wasn’t able to see small things like rocks, crevices, or creatures. Even just one tiny light could have helped me tremendously.
There are multiple times in history where God implores us to live in the light. Here are just a few:
- “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 8:12
- … let us fling away the works of darkness and put on the [full] armor of light. Romans 13:12
- But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another …. I John 1:7
My personal favorite is recorded in Matthew 5. Jesus tells us that He placed us as a light on a hill and now it’s time to shine! As we shine the light of a generous life, others will be drawn to Him.
Here’s the reality: Generous, selfless, sacrificial, no-personal-motive giving is unassailable. It’s attractive. It’s sharable. It’s fun. It’s joyful. And it’s compelling.
You are an igniter
As a believer, God has created each of us to be igniters, living a life of generosity so that others will see and be drawn to their generous Father in Heaven. How wonderful is that?
You’ve been placed in a position of great usefulness, both in the here and now and into the future. He gives to us, we in turn give to others, and this draws even more to inquire about God.
As I ponder this concept, two questions we all need to answer take shape: Am I light? Am I generous to the point that people want to know more about their generous Father in heaven?