Numbers 8 is titled “Preparing the Lamps” so that the light shines out.
Earlier this week I was commenting to my husband about the End Times remarks I’ve seen popping up online, and from there we discussed the women waiting for the bridegroom–some who had enough oil for the lamps and some who didn’t. For about ten minutes I may have thought about preparedness before I was distracted with a flu-y child, vomit laundry, and end-of-day stuff.
In a history class discussion yesterday, we talked about Cyril and Methodius who brought written language to Christian converts during the Middle Ages. I smiled at how man’s political agendas succeed and fail and all the while, God’s Word spreads out, that light shining. I think about that light when I read Paul’s words:
6 This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace. Colossians 1:6, NLT.
He goes on.
9 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, 12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. 13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. Colossians 1:9-14, NLT. (emphasis mine)
Father, sometimes I feel like my own agenda (keeping up a house, keeping after kids, homework, groceries, etc.) keeps me earthly focused instead of kingdom minded. Your light pours out across this world, and I’m thankful to find it shining through the pages of history and literature, through the service and sacrifice of others, gently and frequently reminding me …
27 For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.
28 So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. Colossians 1:27-28, NLT.
This light shines too … lately it just happens to shine out from vomit laundry.
Lord, help me to honor and please you with the way I live.
With love and gratitude,