What’s Your Luminous Intensity?
Okay you engineers, don’t get all bent out of shape if the usage of this term isn’t technically correct. Most of us don’t understand the difference between luminous intensity, luminous flux or illuminance. In street language the question is: how bright is your light?
For a decade we lived in a small seaside community sixty minutes away from a major center. Tired and late at night the drive frequently seemed much longer than an hour. Often it would be pitch black as we went up and down the hills and around the corners. But there was a familiar spot along the way where we could see bouncing off the dark clouds a certain brightness – a glow from the little town shining out in the night. We knew then we were almost home.
How attentively the followers of Jesus must have listened as they sat at His feet while He delivered the ‘Sermon on the Mount’. He spoke of many things regarding the character of His kingdom and created pictures and mental images they would never forget. Here’s a clip from that message:
“You are the light of the world.
A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket,
but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
Is your light bouncing off the dark clouds? As people journey along the dark road to a lost eternity, do they turn a corner and get a glimpse of your light shining through their darkness? Do they get that glimmer of hope within – “I see some light shining. Maybe there is hope! Maybe I will be able to get out of this darkness after all!”
Or is your light blocked just now? You are no help to them. In their darkness, they can’t see your light. What a crime! It is called Christian negligence. People are lost and are going to crash into the rocky shoals of sin and perish eternally. The storm waves will relentlessly pound against them unless there is light pointing them to the harbor of safety.
Jesus said to His own: “You are the light of the world. I didn’t light you up so you could turn around and cover up your light! No! Shine brightly from the top of the light-stand and illuminate the darkness for all to see.”
The closer I walk with Christ each day, the more I will glow and light up the darkness around me. The extent to which my glow has diminished is the distance I have drifted from Christ.
Sin can obstruct the light in my life. A failure to do good works and show kindness each day hides my light. Compromising what I know to be right so I can fit in with others blocks my light. Failing to be open about my Christian faith and hiding the fact that I was at a prayer meeting last night obscures my light to my friends in darkness.
“Hey, I was trying to get a hold of you last night. I called a couple of times but there was no answer. You must have been out,” Adam said. To which you replied: “Yeah, I was busy last night. Just one of those nights!”
It’s called – hiding your light!!
Ninety five percent of those you meet today (outside of your Christian circle) will be groping in the darkness – lost and can’t find the way. They’ll be dressed like you. Most will be smiling – even if they don’t feel like it. Most will be working hard, very with it, sharp – even cool, but lost in their sins.
How bright is your light?
Walk carefully and closely with the Lord today.
Warmly in Christ
A wake up call perhaps? There are perhaps many of us know the Lord Jesus Christ as our own personal Saviour who could turn up the wick of the lamp of our testimony a little more or replace our 20 watt with a100 watt one-if you will.. Even in these energy- concious times it will not cost us anything extra . If we supply the bulb, the Lord will supply the power!
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