Monday, July 11, 2011

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light…” Ephesians 5:8

Driving home after an intense rainstorm, the sun broke through and was shining brightly. It was so bright, I needed sunglasses. As I watched the storm move to the east, there was a magnificent rainbow lit up against the dark storm clouds. Pulling over, I grabbed my camera to try and capture the beauty of it. I snapped a couple shots, then peeked at the viewfinder to check the pictures. The rainbow was there, but its brilliance was much less than it had been through the lenses of my sunglasses.

I wondered. How often do I look at the world through my own eyes, rather than the eyes of Christ? Honestly, too often. The Bible tells us we should live as children of light. We are to see others as He sees them, not as we would. Far too often, my vision gets clouded by the circumstance or my mood or some action that I filter in a way that was not intended. Far too often, I let the things of this life dictate my reactions, rather than react in love.

My life should reflect my faith.

My life should reflect my faith.

My life should reflect my faith.

So, instead of responding in a manner that is reflective of this world, I should pause, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help me respond in a manner that reflects my faith. In a way that shines the light on Jesus. In a way that processes life through His eyes, not mine. This is hard to do. I cannot do it without the strength of the Spirit. But, if we are not doing this, what is it about us that is any different than a person without Christ? For someone, our example may be the very thing that turns their eyes toward Christ. Think about it.

Like the rainbow’s brilliance against the dark storm clouds, our lives should be a light shining through the darkness of this world.

1 comment:

  1. Hi there. This is an awesome post. We too often see through eyes of weakness instead of eyes of victory through Jesus Christ. We don't seem to realize who we are in Him. I also want my life to reflect my faith. That is a very big statement - as it really means alot of change for me.
    God bless