Wednesday, March 28, 2012
But the moon is, and will always be, the lesser light. In fact, the moon is only a pale mirror, a thief of light from a greater source.
There will be no night here; they will need no candle, neither the light of the sun, for the Lord gives them light and they shall reign forever and ever.--Revelation 22:5
The Lord GIVES THEM LIGHT. It comes from Him, not them.
I doesn't matter how wise I sound, how good I look, or how cleverly I achieve something. I, too, am a thief of light. God's light. This thievery has another name--pride.
Any time I think that something of worth begins with me or belongs to me, I steal credit for what came from God. And worse, those stolen goods become a roadblock in my life with Him.
Jesus knew this and gave directions regarding what I should do with these stolen goods:
If you will be perfect, go and sell what you have and give it to the poor and you shall have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.--Matthew 19:21
I only possess what God possessed first, then in grace passed on to me. What I most value never belonged to me in the first place. I cannot love God, I cannot worship Him, I certainly cannot reach the heights of relationship He wants for me unless I get this down to my bones.
I must acknowledge God as the source of all. Everything depends on this.
What is most precious to me? My dignity? My talents? My family? My work? I don't own it. At best, I get to use them for awhile. At worst, they own me.
My light may look pretty cool on a dark night, but that light, that pride, give no warmth, promote no growth. My light is not mine. It all comes from God and until I acknowledge Him as Source, I will walk away dejected like the rich young man of Matthew 19--fists clenched and empty.