“You shall command the people of Israel that they bring to you pure beaten olive oil for the light, that a lamp may regularly be set up to burn… Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening to morning before the Lord. It shall be a statute forever to be observed throughout their generations by the people of Israel.” “And there shall be a time of trouble… And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” Exodus 27:20-21; Daniel 12:1,3
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” “It is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure… Be without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life.” Matthew 5:14-16; Philippians 2:13,15-16
Burning consistently and burning bright does not just happen. It takes the pure tested oil of the Spirit, and it takes deliberate establishing and setting to flame that light in the course of our day. Thanks be to God for His limitless supply for us to obey His commands.
Our world needs light. Nations are in turmoil, wrangling with the known challenges of a still-in-many-ways-unknown virus, and the darkness of anger, grief, fear, confusion, and anxiety permeates homes, communities, cities, countries. Behold the Light of the world, come to dispel darkness and bring brilliant and eternal life beyond the here and now! Behold, believe, and be bold! (John 1:4-5,9-14; 8:12)
How is my supply of beaten oil? What am I doing to empty myself of me, and any blemish of self-serving sin, and remain filled with Him? Am I taking time otherwise spent on lesser things to partake of His word and to pray for brave resolve? What steps and risks am I taking to bring His light into places of darkness? How intent am I on bending my will to God’s daily wisdom, and applying it in good works that make an eternal difference?
Where God calls for regular devotion and regular burning, He provides every means for our obedience. His indwelling Spirit is our inexhaustible oil, His power ignites our flame, and His very breath fans it to burn continually as we abide in ongoing surrender to Him. Are we available, and willing, to burn and be used for Him? (2 Peter 1:3-4)
Lord Jesus, as I follow You, may I hold fast to, and hold high, Your word of life. Fill me with the oil of Your Holy Spirit that I brightly shine to this needy world with Your everlasting love and transformative truth. Burn with such resplendence that people know, and receive, and believe in, You.