What Else Does Your Light Convey?

  by Joe Rodriguez

This functional baseball bat-shaped beacon is known as the Chirma Hang “Baseball” Lighthouse and it is located in Busan, South Korea. It, along along with a sculpture of a ball and a glove, was built to symbolize the importance of baseball to Busan and to commemorate Korea’s first ever gold medal in Olympic baseball at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Many other lighthouses have been built in the image of something important to a particular town or province.

Red horse lighthouse in Jehu City, South Korea commemorates the Korean Jehu Horse.

The Baby Bottle Lighthouse is also in Busan, South Korea. It was built to signify the importance of childbirth as well as encourage it. [Read my devotion on this lighthouse titled, The Light of Life)

Once used as lighthouses, The Rostral Columns in St. Petersburg, Russia, were erected to commemorate a naval victory. They each have four pairs of ships prows that represent the four major Russian Rivers.

True followers of Jesus Christ are like lighthouses for God in this world.

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.”

Matthew 5:14

And even though we shine the light of Christ by spreading the Good News of His salvation, we also portray an image that can either complement or contradict the message we proclaim. Our actions, reactions, and passions play a vital part in demonstrating to the world the genuineness of our faith and the true saving and transforming power of the Gospel.

“Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”

James 2:12

“…[I]n speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.”

1 Timothy 4:12b

What would others notice when they first meet you? What would they say is your true passion after spending some time with you? What do your casual conversations and work and social ethics declare about you as a Christian? Be honest, if someone was to build a lighthouse that depicts what you are passionate about, what would it look like (shape/accents)? Would it include an image of the Bible, a cross, or praying hands? Would it be accented with flowers (if you are an avid gardener)? Or, bald eagles and Siberian tigers (if you advocate for endangered species)? Would it be painted to resemble the inside of a library (if you love books)?

Faro de Ajo is an active lighthouse located in Spain. It was painted with over 70 colors to show off the cultural diversity of the area. It also alludes to the natural wealth of the region by representing local fauna.

There is nothing wrong for a Christian to have a passion for something or support a cause that is non-spiritual. The problem arises when it overshadows spiritual/heavenly devotion.

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

Matthew 6:33

“Set your minds (hearts) on the things that are above, not on the things that are on earth.”

Colossians 3:2

Or when it opposes (in any form) the holy precepts of God as revealed in Scriptures.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but continuously be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may be able to determine what God’s will is—what is proper, pleasing, and perfect.”

Romans 12:2

“Do not love the world [of sin that opposes God and His precepts], nor the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” AMP

1 John 2:15

Unfortunately, there are many professing Christians whose true passions shine brighter than the light of Christ. Like those whose love for bling is glaringly obvious. Their lighthouses would most likely be over-laid in gold and accented with precious jewels and all that glitters. What’s even worse, is that there are also those whose lighthouses would be heart-breaking or even offensive to look at. Like those of abortion advocates. Imagine what images those would exhibit!

Hopefully, your lighthouse would first convey your evident love for God and His word by shinning bright and steadily. Then, it would be accented with things that you are really fond of or are devoted to. Maybe it would have images of your favorite animals, foods, vehicles, super heroes, or countries you’ve visited, etc.

God created us for His glory and to enjoy and take care of the earth, not to worship it. He should have first place in our hearts and minds. He also created us uniquely different. That means that our lighthouses can be shaped and adorned in a variety of ways. Just let us make sure that what people notice first is HIS light. Then, whatever else it conveys, it includes things that compliment our love for Him and for others.

By the way, my lighthouse would also convey my love for…lighthouses! 

White lighthouse photoshopped by me to include images of lighthouses.

What else would your lighthouse convey (look like)? I’d like to know. Please share your answer in the comment section below. 

Prayer: Father of light, thank you for who I am in you. May my earthly passions never hinder my love and devotion for you so that your light may continue to shine brightly in and through me. Help me to remain faithful to you and your Word. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.

Related links
The Light of Life

A Reflection of You

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Quick Devotional from Matthew 2:10 (Observation from the Greek)

July 13, 2019 by SLIMJIM

This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few weeks ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Matthew 2:10.  Here is my translation:

“ἰδόντες δὲ τὸν ἀστέρα ἐχάρησαν χαρὰν μεγάλην σφόδρα. ”
And seeing the star they rejoiced with great joy exceedingly

Here are some observations:

  1. In the context the event going on here is the wise men looking for Jesus.
    1. The wise men came from the east and was searching for the Messiah, the special King of the Jews.
    2. Matthew 2:2 stated that it was a special star that led the wise men to go search for the Messiah, when they asked those in Jerusalem the following: “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.
  2. Here in Matthew 2:10 it revealed that they found the end of where the star led them to.  Verse 9 stated this star led to the Messiah who at this time in His life was a Child.
  3. When they saw the star notice what the second half of the verse says concerning the wise men’s reaction.
  4. The wise men “rejoiced.
    1. This is the main verb for this verse.
    2. The verb is ἐχάρησαν and the indicative mood indicate that this is a statement of fact.  We too should ask if we are like the wise men: Does knowing Jesus and seeing Him in the Scriptures give you genuine joy?
  5. After the verb “rejoiced” in the Greek the next word is χαρὰν.  This word means “joy.”
    1. Joy” here is the same root as the verb “rejoice” (ἐχάρησαν and χαρὰν).
    2. In some sense this seems rather redundant.  But it is repetitious for emphasis.
  6. This “joy” is modified by the Greek adjective μεγάλην meaning “great.”
    1. It is a great joy the wise men had!
    2. Also the word for “great” is where we get the root word for “mega.”  The wise men had mega joy!
  7. Not only does the noun “joy” have an adjective modifying it, we also see the verb “rejoice” is also modified by the adverb “exceedingly.
  8. Taken all together this verse emphasize the joy of the wise men in finding the “end of the rainbow” so to speak of their search for the Messiah by following the sign of the special star.

Application:

  • Again does knowing Jesus and seeing Him in the Scriptures give you genuine joy?
  • Be honest with yourself and God: Is your joy for Christ a great joy?  Would you say its “mega” joy?
  • If your struggle to have joy in Christ, this is where you might do an inventory if you have read the WOrd of God lately.  Also ask yourself if you are reading the Word of God for more than just following rules (that’s important); are you also reading God’s Word to find joy in Christ?
  • Searching for joy for the wise men involved costs: Cost of time traveling, cost of revenue spent for travel and lodging.  Yet our search for Christ in the Scriptures might involved costs, costs such as time away from other distraction, and costs in getting resources to help you study more of the four Gospels in the Bible about Jesus.  Yet it is worth it.  Still consider that you don’t have to have the same costs as the wise men for today we can seek the Messiah in our prayer from reading the Word of God because of the work of Christ on the Cross!
  • Take this time to praise Christ for who He is, and what He has done.
  • Share with someone about how Christ in the Bible gave you joy.  Share to encourage and edify!

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