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Turn Off My Self-powered Ways

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Light of the WorldI begrudgingly drove to the gym before sunup and made my way to the treadmill. I was up early to tackle a busy day, so gym equipment was safer than an outdoor walk in the dark.

The entire front window of the gym was glass, and the treadmill faced the glass. Normally, I welcome a window view, but this was a view of the parking lot.

The dark morning was lit by commercial-building lights. Colorful neon signs, parking lot floodlights, streetlights, and even McDonalds brightened the early dawn with its golden arches and rooftop lights that cascaded into a fluorescent canopy.

During my thirty-minute cardio session, the sun began to rise, and the lights began to shut off automatically. One by one, the light sensors detected the sunlight and the luminous fixtures retired. They didn’t have to power light any longer because the sun was present. Without the sun, eventually the bulbs would burn out.

I thought about the power behind the sun—God. The city depended on the sun to light its day, and yet God’s greatest desire wasn’t to light up a city, but our hearts.

The sun lights up dark cities, but the Son lights up dark hearts. (Click to Tweet)

Our spirit is our heart’s sensor. It allows us to be sensitive to God’s Spirit, who illuminates our lives through His Son, Jesus Christ. If our sensors are faulty, we become self-powered and we eventually burn out like a cheap ninety-nine cent bulb.

God reminded me to engage my spirit with His and allow my heart’s sensor to turn off my self-powered ways. His powerful light infuses us with practical resources such as strength, creativity, and love. It’s an omnipotent light that never burns out, and it’s given to do His will. It’s a light that can change the world one person at a time.

Matthew 5:14 (NASB95)

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden …”

This week, as we consider on our Savior’s death and we celebrate His resurrection, let’s shine with His light  in our homes, at work, or even at McDonalds.


Question: Has there been an occasion where God used you as a light in this world? Share a few sentences in the comment box.   

Have a blessed weekend.

Marisa Shadrick

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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update. LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995.

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