Matthew 5:16 Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
As I was seeking the Lord for today’s message, this is what came to me. And even after the scripture, I thought of a picture of a chandelier which I had taken a photograph of yesterday but as I turned to Photoshop to pull up the photo and crop it, the Lord caused me to see the simple picture of this rose. As I contemplated this photo, I felt the Lord was saying that He wanted me to use something ordinary whose beauty causes some to stop and take notice. Now I believe this is what He wants to say: “You may think you are just ordinary but this awesome God can cause you to be a light that shines in this dark world to draw people to Him.” The key, I believe is to live your life in His presence and He will do the rest.
Matthew 20:25-28 (TPT) “Kings and those with great authority in this world rule oppressively over their subjects, like tyrants. But this is not your calling. You will lead by a completely different model. The greatest one among you will live as the one who is called to serve others, because the greatest honor and authority is reserved for the one with the heart of a servant. For even the Son of Man did not come expecting to be served by everyone, but to serve everyone, and to give his life in exchange for the salvation of many.”
In the tradition born from history of when the Maccabees drove out Israel’s oppressors and desiring to light the temple menorah they found only a one days supply of pure oil. It would take many days to produce more pure oil for the menorah but they lit the lamp-stand anyway in their zeal. However, the menorah continued to burn for eight days. Thus began the festival of lights in remembrance.
On the eight branched menorah, there is a ninth place for a special candle that would be used to light all the other candles I suppose representing the one days supply of oil that continued to keep all the other lights burning. It comes back, for me, to the miracle of God in our lives and in Israel’s life. This ninth candle is called the servant candle and again brings us back to the scripture quoted.
Matthew 7:14 the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
As I was doing my daily walk today, just before I arrived home, I took this photo along the way and the sun was shining brightly at the end of the path but was overcast where I was. When I looked at it, this scripture came to my mind. It is such a perfect example of the word as it was a very narrow path that led to home. In my mind, the path has a name and it is “Jesus” or “Yeshua” for my Israeli friends. It is a very narrow path as Jesus Himself says, “No one comes to the Father (God – The Creator of all there is) except through Me.” He is the door and there is no other to that eternal never ending Kingdom.