Being the Light!
As a believer, Christ said that we are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). What a privilege it is to be a light, but what a great responsibility it is as well. Being the light is like being a lamp in darkness. The light must be sustained and refueled or it will soon dissipate leaving darkness to consume the space. I am reminded of the parable of the ten virgins found in Matthew 25: 1-13. This is often used to differentiate the foolish and the wise or being prepared for the coming of our King, but I want to focus on the wise. The five wise virgins had their lamps, but they made sure they had something to help maintain the light within the lamp… oil! We are told that the wise virgins took extra oil meaning they were walking in the overflow; beyond just enough!
I think back to how we are the light of the world which is a privilege indeed, but if we don’t take the time to stay filled with oil, we will burn out. Consider this, as a lamp runs on oil the light being used causes the oil to decrease. The longer the lamp stays on, the faster the oil is used. If you don’t add oil, the lamp will soon go out. That is how we should consider how we operate in life. Our light is fueled through Christ. If we don’t spend time with Christ our fuel will slowly begin to burn out. As we continue to pour out and minister as the light, our fuel burns even more until eventually it is gone. The best way to sustain our light is by adding oil each day, by communing with God. I am aware there are times where we may feel as if we are strengthened and ready, but the longer the lamp burns the faster the oil dissipates. The light it will take to minister to one is not as much as it will take to minister to 1,000. No matter the capacity of darkness we are called to walk into, we are challenged to be ready to be the light no matter what.
I’ve met many people who are quick to say the busyness of life has prevented them from refueling and I understand feeling that way because I’ve been there, but with that mindset comes a limitation being put on what communing with God looks like. You can refuel by doing the following praying to God, worshipping God, and reading His word. Does it all have to happen simultaneously for long periods of time… No! But, we should be able to do each of them consistently throughout our day and week. Now, if we desire to be like the wise virgins we will commune with God more because our goal is to have extra oil and operate out of the overflow. Like I mentioned before, being chosen to be the light is a wonderful thing, but just as much as we invest in being the light, we have to invest even more in sustaining the light within us!