“No one lights a lamp and puts it in the cellar or under a basket, but on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see its light. Your eye is the lamp of the body. When your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light. But when it is bad, your body is also full of darkness. Take care then, that the light in you is not darkness.” Luke 11:33-35
If you described your life as a light bulb, how many watts would it be? 150…100…60…15? What would those closest to you say? What would your critics say? Others will be evaluating your wattage by their experiences with you but you will be looking at your heart. My guess is that whatever wattage you are, you’d still say your light was dimmer than it should be.
Jesus points out throughout the Scriptures, that a light is intended to extinguish darkness and help others to see. He claims to be the “Light of the World” (John 8:12) and also said that we were created to be lights in the world (Matt 5:14). In this Luke passage He adds that we are to “take care…that the light in you is not darkness.” In other words, you are the one who determines how bright, or how dark, your light will be.
If your light is not as bright as it needs to be, increase your wattage. Jesus said the “eye is the lamp of the body” and that “when your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light.” The brightness of your light will be dependent upon what you expose your “eye” to.
If you deliberately saturate your mind with the truth of God’s word, you are going to experience a wattage increase. The truth will literally set you free to shine more brightly. Whenever you choose to be involved in relationships with people whose lights shine brightly you are choosing to increase your wattage. Whenever you choose to allow God’s word to interpret your life and therefore determine to surrender to God’s ways, you are doing what it takes to increase your wattage.
But, if left to ourselves, our light will become dimmer and dimmer. Our ways are not God’s ways. We tend to be self-centered, greedy, selfish, manipulative, and make decisions based upon how it will benefit us. Your personal feelings and experiences can mask the truth. If your friends have their eyes closed to the truth, then you will find yourself imitating them. Our wattage tends to adjust itself to the wattage of those we hang around with. By the way, have you noticed the wattage of their light?
God’s ways are always full of grace. Exposing yourself to a daily dosage of God’s Word will often be convicting and painful, but it will always be full of grace. It’s His grace that increases our wattage. The conviction of sin and correction of sinful behaviors is intended to dust off your bulb so you can know the truth about your wattage. But His grace, when received, results in an internal change that increases your wattage.
As “fishers of men” we are to expose people to the truth. But if you want people to check out the truth you are prepared to and commissioned to share, make sure your wattage is as high as it can possibly be. Others will be attracted to your light and want to know its source. At that moment, it’s only natural for you to tell them about Jesus.