The Allure of Candlelight – drawing others to God

The Allure of Candlelight – drawing others to God

 

Every kid I have ever met has a fascination with flashlights.  Big or small, dim or bright, flashlights are just fun.  No matter how many times I try to remind them, though, the same thing always happens.  In their fun exploration and desire to same their experience with me, inevitably the light is always shown right into my eyes.  Instead of sharing their view, I squint and turn away, shimmering spots still lingering in my vision.

The last time I had a bright light shown in my eyes, I felt God’s nudge to help me better understand some people’s experience with Christians.  Instead of shining a light on God to illuminate His incredible gift of love, a person can feel blinded when the light is shown in their eyes in an attempt to show them their need for God.  Don’t misunderstand me… we do all need God. I’m talking about how we come across when we try to share who God is and what He has done in our lives.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt 5:14-16 NIV)

In contrast to the overwhelming beam of a flashlight, the light Matthew would have be referring to would have likely been a burning light, such as candlelight, torches, and campfires.  These are not harsh lights, they are soft alluring lights.  These types of light are attractive, beckoning people to come closer and illuminating those who do.

It is so easy when I bump into someone who rubs me the wrong way to take “the light” of truth and point it at them to show all the ways they aren’t acting in the right way.  In doing this, I’m missing the fact that they are doing life on their own, without God’s strength and power working through them.  Even if I don’t say those words, there is a good chance my attitude will come across to them.  But if I let God change my heart and help me to see them the way He does, my attitudes and actions change as well.

So what does this look like?  Maybe for me that means, letting my guard down and being honest about the ways that I fail.  Then I have the opportunity to share the truth about God’s forgiveness and power to work in me and help me change.  What about you?  In what ways does God want you to be burning light that draws people closer instead of turning them away?

 

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6 Comments

  1. Amanda
    Jun 3, 2017

    I love this. You have shed new light on one of my favorite passages and led me to seeing how to (shine my light) in a much different way. The flashlight analogy is brilliant. This post is wonderful. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Bonnie
      Jun 7, 2017

      Thank you for sharing Amanda! I’m so glad what God showed me could impact you as well 🙂

  2. Lauren C. Moye
    May 24, 2017

    This is amazing! Such a simple and sweet analogy of sharing the truth out of love and using the truth as a weapon! I love it.

    • Bonnie
      Jun 7, 2017

      Thank you for your encouragement Lauren! I’m so glad the analogy impacted you as much as it did me, God is pretty creative in the way He teaches us, isn’t He? 🙂

  3. Beverly Laird
    May 17, 2017

    I like where you are going with this one. 1 John 1:7

    • Bonnie
      May 17, 2017

      All I can say is God keeps showing up in my day 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

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