When you look at an object, you are viewing it from that particular perspective. When you turn the object or move yourself, you get a different perspective. These different perspectives doesn’t change what the object is, it just gives more information about that object. It may also shed light on its use like finding an artifact. You may not understanding exactly what the artifact is or how it’s used until you turn it around and perhaps see a handle, which then sheds light on its function. So with this in mind, I want to talk about being a light from another perspective.
The bible makes many references to “being a light” or a “lamp.” (Matt 5:14-16, Luke 11:36 etc.) I think we all know that this means to bring YHVH glory in everything that we do. We know that it means to obey His commandments (thereby showing love to Him) and loving others, the two commandments that encompass all of them. I think we all get that. But I want to take a closer look at “being a light” or a “lamp” by examining its function.
A light gives light, it does not take anything. When you turn on a light in a dark room, light is given, it does not take. In fact light cannot take because that would violate some law of physics. A light serves to benefit someone else, not itself. It is not self-serving.
So now let’s look at ourselves and see if we are the genuine light we’re supposed to be or if we’re shining a false light. When you give something to someone, do you expect anything in return? Most would say “no” and that’s good. But…
- Do you expect a “thank you” or an accolade?
- Do you want to be recognized for what you just did?
- Do you want them to show their appreciation towards you?
Sure, you may not want an action returned or expect a gift but if you expect anything, even something so small as a “thank you,” then aren’t you still hoping to receive something?
We normally don’t think of receiving a “thank you” as actually receiving something. We chalk it up to common courtesy and it is. But in the life of a follower of YHVH, we are not to be common but to be set apart. We are to think, see, and act differently than the world which is uncommon. We should be careful to recognize that this small matter is not so small and really worth taking a look at because for us, it’s the difference between a false and a true light.
After examining myself, I found that I have expected a “thank you” in return for things I’ve done. I think we all do this. But now that we know better, hopefully, we will repent, be a true light, and expect absolutely nothing in return. Hopefully we will do ALL things for the glory of God and not ourselves.
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