The upstairs hallway lights are also almost always left on. But unlike the bedroom lights, the hallway lights shine underneath our bedroom door and can make sleeping difficult. I have often awoken in the morning frustrated when the first thing I notice to start my day is the hallway light shining into our bedroom.
Not long ago, I woke up to once again see the light shining underneath my bedroom door. But this time I was not upset. As I was walking to the bathroom I was thankful the light was shining. At that moment, this blog came to me.
Why do my kids always leave the hall light on? When they go to bed they turn the hallway light on to find their way to their bedrooms. I suppose it’s partly out of fear and partly to make sure they don’t stub their toes. My kids walking in darkness is an accident waiting to happen. Without light they could easily get turned around and without light they wouldn’t know which direction is the right direction to go.
Without God, this world would be like the hallway without the light on. How blessed we are that God has sent His Spirit into the world throughout history to show us the way. Most of creation only saw glimpses of God’s spirit through prophets. But then God did something mind blowing when He sent His son Jesus Christ into this dark world. Not only did Jesus come to be the light, He also came to die for our shortcomings. Through His death, we all have the opportunity to be the light with Him. No longer was His spirit given to only a select few for periods of time. His Spirit was given to all that believe in Him and repent. Every time another person believes and repents, another light starts shining.
Our job as servants of Jesus Christ is to keep our lights shining brightly for Him. We were made to serve God and bring Him glory. Jesus illustrated this in the Parable of the ten virgins. When God comes back for His bride, He expects our lamps to be burning bright.
Matthew 25:1-12 At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take along any extra oil. But the wise ones took oil in flasks along with their lamps. When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight the cry went out: ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ ‘No,’ said the wise ones, ‘or there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ But while they were on their way to buy it, the bridegroom arrived. Those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet, and the door was shut. Later, the other virgins arrived and said ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’
Are you willing to pay the cost of leaving your light on all the time? There will be troubles? There will be persecutions for shining brightly. But if your light shines bright enough to wake up just one sleeping person, wouldn’t that be worth the cost? Be the light that shines underneath some else’s bedroom door. You might annoy them at first but one morning they may wake up with a changed heart.