Words from the Heart for Monday December 14th, 2020
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV)
Let Light Shine Out of Darkness
In preparation for electricity to be brought to rural homes in Saskatchewan in the early 1950s, farmhouses had to be wired. Once the home wiring had been completed, farm people were thrilled to press a button and see a light go on. One farm woman said, “I tried all the switches and then I carried the coal oil lamps down to the basement, singing a triumphant little chant about ‘No more lamp glasses to clean, no more lamps to fill’.”
If you have ever sat beside a bonfire for a while, you know what is like to experience what I call “fire face.” Your face gets hot and reflects the heat and glow of the fire. You can’t avoid that happening. It’s the nature of fire. The Bible speaks of God’s glory in a similar way. When Moses came down off Mount Sinai his face was aglow. He had been in the presence of God and God’s glory was reflected in Moses. In a much more powerful way, Paul writes this in 2 Corinthians 4:6: “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” Those of us who have come to know Jesus through faith reflect the light of God in our hearts. How is this possible? Because the glory of God is seen in the face of Jesus. When we see Jesus, we see God. As we live our lives for Jesus each day, others should see the light of God shining through us – in our holy living and in our compassion.
These have been words from the heart.