“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 NKJV
I wonder what it would be like if we could physically see how bright we are shining as a reflection of the Lord.
I imagine some days I look like a 25 watt bulb; other days hopefully a 60 or 100 watt. Then there would be those days where my light is covered in the darkness of self absorption. Those would be the days when I allow my flesh to get the best of me and I react rather than respond. Or maybe I have over extended myself and have nothing left to give. I need to recharge.
If I want to shine bright, I have to PLUG in to my spiritual power source. Instead of solar energy, I need SON energy.
I attended a staff meeting at church last night and my Pastor, Blake Bennett talked about how to avoid burnout in ministry. One of the nuggets of wisdom he shared was this: “The spiritual input in your life has to be greater than the output in your life.”
We live in a culture that praises busyness. Jesus took time everyday to: (a) Get alone with the Father and (b) Rest. I am one of those people who lives with a never ending TO-DO list and I have found that I have to be intentional about fitting God time and me time into my day. If it isn’t on my schedule it doesn’t happen.
How about you? Are you making time everyday to meet with the Father? Are you making time for yourself each day? You need both! How bright you shine will depend on both. I want to have more 100 watt days than 25 watt days. That means I have to plug in and recharge. I can’t give what I don’t possess. Neither can you.