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December 18

The Light of the World

We have observed His star at its rising and have come to pay Him homage.

Matthew 2:1

During this season of Advent, we are preparing our hearts and minds for the celebration of the birth of our Savior: The Light of the World. We are remembering the beautiful stories of the announcement by the angel to Mary; the shepherds leaving their flocks to find this One being heralded by heavenly hosts and brightness all around; the journey of the Wise Men following the bright star. Seems all have been guided by a great light.

Light-Follow-Advent-Faith-FUMC.jpg[Photo by Jonathan Meyer on Unsplash]

It is not surprising that the arrival of Jesus is heralded by light as He is often referred to in Scripture as “the light of the world.” At Christmastime the oft told story of the Wise Men following a bright light in the sky should lead each of us to reflect upon the question: What light is leading me?

We must remember the light of Christ is the internal light of the Holy Spirit and is discernable to a dark lost world only when we allow the love of Christ to shine through us in word and deed.

Do I respond when God calls me? Oh, not through an angel who comes in the night to speak to me, but perhaps through the appearance of someone in a needy situation, someone suffering through grief in the loss of a loved one, the call to mend a friendship or enmity with a family member. When God calls to you do you wonder how to respond? Does God’s purpose flicker like a flame in a sudden breeze and go out by no response? Or does your flame (light) burn even brighter and strong, “Here I am, Lord.”?

Let each of us focus on the light of Christ within and keep it burning brightly, so that it can shine brightly through us to transform the world as we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth. Advent is a time of preparation of our hearts to remember:

  • He has given us eternal life.
  • He has given us His Holy Word.
  • He has given us His Son – His choicest gift.
  • He has given us the Holy Spirit.

 Therefore, we have abundant reason for joy and thanksgiving as we prepare our hearts and lives for the celebration of Jesus’s birth!

Dear Lord, allow me to focus on Your Light, stand in Your Light, and allow You to project Your Light through me. May I stay focused on YOU during this Season of Advent. Amen.

 Helen Drummond

Additional readings: Philippians 2:14-15, 1Thessalonians 5:16-22, Matthew 5:14-16

Songs of Praise: Psalm 133-135

Happy Monday, friends! Let’s begin this week with reading Psalm 133-135. (Click on the link to read the words God inspired.)

The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak;
they have eyes, but do not see;
they have ears, but do not hear,
nor is there any breath in their mouths.
Those who make them become like them,
so do all who trust in them.

Psalm 135:15-18

This Psalm gives us a clear picture of idolatry. Idols described as mute, deaf, and dumb. They cannot speak or see, hear or breathe. Human gods made with human hands have no power… no life.

The last sentence is a doozie. Those who make them become like them, so do all who trust in them. Ouch! When we worship other things, we too become blind, deaf, and speechless. We become dead just like the thing we worship.

I doubt you have some golden calf or ashera pole in your home. Our idols don’t look like those of the Old Testament. But still, we are prone to worship other things. Money, material things, status and power to name a few.

How do you know? What is the test to see if something has become an idol in your life? Take a moment to answer a few questions.

Where do you spend most of your time?

Take a look at your bank account. Where is your money going?

What consumes your thoughts?

Do you see a common thread? Ask God to reveal any idols in your life. When and if He does, throw them out. Cast them far from your life, and choose to worship the one and only God.

Because when we worship the one true God, we become like Him. We see and hear and breathe. In Him we are alive!

Father God, reveal the idols I’ve made in my life. Free me from their grip on my life. I want what You promise, not the lies of the world.

[Featured Image Photo by Peter Hershey on Unsplash]