Flooded With Light

The Apostle, Paul, prayed for all believers in the book of Ephesians with these words, “My prayer is that light will flood your hearts and that you will understand the hope that was given to you when God chose you. Then you will discover the glorious blessings that are yours together with all of God’s people.”

Illumination or the act of flooding something, or someone’s heart, with light is critical to a seeker’s success. We must understand what God has provided for us, we must ‘see it’ with the eyes of our heart in order to boldly step forward and obtain it.

Searching for things in the dark rarely works, in some lucky instances you might grope around and turn up the desired item, but most usually a LIGHT must be used to get what you’re looking for.

Jesus was very clear to us in Matthew 6:31-33 when he said, “So don’t worry and don’t keep saying, ‘what shall we eat, what shall we drink or what shall we wear?!’ That is what pagans are always looking for; your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Seek FIRST [set your heart on] the kingdom of God and his goodness, all these things will come to you as a matter of course.”

It’s clearer to me than ever before, that seeking for “things” first is like searching for stuff in the dark, while on the contrast seeking the “kingdom of God” first is like flooding the heart with light so that it (we) can see clearly how to make progress in this life.

Here are some cool results of having a heart flooded with light: clarification, interpretation, explanation, illustration, a road map.

Have you ever wanted God to just give you a sign? How about a road map? Even better.

 

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

I’ve probably got you humming the tune, “He’s got the whole world in His hands, He’s got the whole wide world in His hands…” and if you don’t know the song I’m talking about, then Google it or I just might sing it for you one day.

Isaiah is one of my favorite prophets in the Bible because he speaks so outrageously and so passionately about God’s love for people and how it is shown in The Christ.

Isaiah 49:16 in the Amplified translation reads, “Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed a picture of) you on the palm of each of my hands…” WOW! I can’t help but put two and two together and think about Jesus having his hands pierced through with nails as they affixed him to his cross to die.

This is the ultimate love story, how God put on flesh in the form of Jesus, The Christ, and took all destruction, disease and death for us, and in return gave us healing, restoration, life and love forever. And then, Isaiah seeing into the future describes this love in such a real way when he writes that God has tattooed a picture of each one of us on His hands. What a great word picture.

1 John 3:1 reads, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the children of God.”

God’s love has no boundaries, no limits and no conditions. It will take a lifetime to discover all the love He has for each one of His children.

On this Valentine’s Day, whether you have a significant other, or not, you can comfort yourself with the fact that the God of the universe loves you so much that he got a tattoo about it…He really does hold the whole world in His hands.

 

Leave Your Nets

When Jesus first began his ministry he left home, moved to Capernaum, which is by the Sea of Galilee, and there he began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has drawn near.” This is a powerful statement which he invited his first recruits to act upon, immediately.

As he walked along the beach he saw two brothers, Simon Peter and Andrew, casting a net into the sea for they were fishermen. He called out to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men!” The Bible says that they immediately left their nets and followed Him.

When I read the words, “left their nets,” I was struck by the implication here that Jesus invited them to leave their way of living, their way of business, their way of providing for themselves, their way of carrying on the family tradition; and follow Him.

I wonder today, what areas of our lives might Jesus be calling out to us, “Follow me! I have a better way!” or “Follow me! I will show you a brand new way to live your life!”

May we hear His call to us today and react speedily, without reserve and without hesitation, to a brand new way of doing a familiar way of life.