Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Lamp

   This popped into my head last night while reading Luke, I thought I would share.

Luke 8:16 "No-one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. (NIV)

   Faith is like a lamp.  We are the flame on top.  We can burn bright, flicker or even be snuffed out.  Sometimes it can be relit after many years of storage.  Now, the wick is Christ.  He gives us the ability to burn.  Without it, the flame has no source and though it can burn it can easily run out of control becoming destructive and not a source of joy.  Fire is a source of life but without control and purpose it can be the bringer of pain and death.  The oil is the Holy Spirit.  The wick channels it and gives it to the flame.  In the same way Christ gives us a way to channel the Holy Spirit.  When you put the three together they work in harmony, making the flame light the darkness.   Now you might ask, "but where is God?"  Who do you think is holding the lamp up high, so it lights the way?

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