You know the old joke: How many (fill in the blank with your occupation) does it take to change a lightbulb? Well, I never got that joke. But, I have a new one: How LONG does it take for ME to change a lightbulb?
That all depends on what it’s lighting. For example, if it’s the only light/lamp in the room, it won’t take me long. BUT, if it’s one of six in the vanity lightbulbs in the bathroom, or one of five lightbulbs in the chandelier in the dining room…well, that may take a while.
You’ve got to understand. It’s not that I don’t know how, or that I don’t have a replacement bulb in the house. It’s that I feel like I don’t need to because I can still see. The other lightbulbs give off enough light to compensate for the burnt out one.
But eventually one burnt out lightbulb turns into two, then three…and then I start to have a hard to time seeing. The light is dimmer.
However, once the first lightbulb burns out, it harder to notice when the second one goes because it not like they all burn out at the same time.
So, I let it go. I don’t even write it on my “to do” list. Well, not until the third one goes.
Then the job gets written on my list. Why? Because I can’t see myself very well in the mirror or my kid can’t see to do his homework at the dining room table.
This is kind of like sin or temptation. At first, we do something noticeable, but it’s not too bad. “It’s ok to skip church just this once to go to the amusement park. We go every other week. We’ll still read our Bible.” Or, “It’s ok to say this one bad word. It’s not going to hurt anyone. It’s just one word.” But one Sunday service tunrs into two, and after a while, we’re constantly skipping church to the point where going to church is more the exception than the rule. Or we’re saying more bad words without even realizing it. We don’t realize how “dark” our life has become.
But when I eventually get around to changing the lightbulbs, there’s a drastic difference because I waited for so long. It’s blinding at first. Just like sin. We don’t realize how bad it’s gotten until we get back into the Light. So, what is the “Light”? JESUS! The Word! Only when we look to the Light and let the Light shine through us do we see how badly we need the Light. Once we turn on the Light, we can see more clearly and our world isn’t so dark anymore.
And just like I have to change the lightbulbs more than once in my lifetime (I have to maintain the light), we have to work to maintain the Light in our life. How? By being in the Word daily, praying, going to church, fellowshipping with other believers.
Do you have the Light? Do you need your world to be brighter? Look to Him! Jesus is the Light of the World! Can you brighten someone else’s life?
John 8:12 (NIV) – When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV) – “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”