|How Many Preachers Does it Take to Light a Lightbulb?||| Print ||
|Written by drk|
|Friday, 25 July 2008 17:51|
by Dr. Kluane Spake
You've heard the jokes, right?
Q: How many Psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb? A: Only one, but the bulb has got to really WANT to change.
Q: How many cops does it take to screw in a lightbulb ? A: None. It turned itself in.
There are thousands of these jokes. But my question is not really a joke!
Have you noticed how much of the church world has gotten pretty dim these days. Not much light to be found in a lot of places. What with all the control, posturing, jealousy, ambition at the platform - not to mention, the immorality and indecent behavior! The darkness of evil falsity and increasing lack of values savagely tries to extinguish all the radiance of the Church.
Hey, but does anyone really care if it's darker? Can anyone really do anything about it? Of course, we can cop out and say that we're "praying." But, is there more? Do we have any authority to shine more intensely as a Body?
We don't need a new kind of light bulb. It's not a matter of saving electricity! It's the NEED for light! The reality of Light is obscured from the world because of us!
Sure, yes, there are some wonderful decent leaders around. But, many of them are ineffective, hurting, disappointed. Many are unappreciated. Many are poor and desperate for basic needs. The question is, "How can we become a brighter bulb?" Or are we almost burned out?
In 1879, Thomas Edison invented a oxygenless bulb with a carbon filament that burned a whole forty hours! He continued to improve his ideas until they could last 1200 hours. We don't have to invent a longer lasting bulb, nor do we need to figure out how to light it. We have the Light! It's already lit! We just need to know who we are and then reveal it!
But, who are we?
Paul prayed that the eyes of the BELIEVER’S heart would be en-LIGHT-ened. From this, we understand that although these believers had the capacity to “see,” they didn’t see clearly (Eph.1:18-23). They needed light! Paul prayed that the Ephesians would progressively transform their thinking until they became en-lightned to SEE.
Notice that Paul didn’t ask God to open their eyes. God won’t do this against our will or without our volition. Paul prayed that they would open their eyes! When the eye of our heart is enlightened to SEE, it enlightens our knowing.
The word “KNOW,” in verse 18, is the word “eido” which means to perceive with spiritual in-SIGHT, with the eyes or “SENSES,” to discover, to watch to see what needs to be done. These eyes see what to inspect. They behold and experience. Eido also means to know how to use, to understand, to be skilled in, to cherish. or pay attention.
Paul tells about three different concepts that our enLIGHTened eyes should know (eido). LIGHT allows us to see differently and find an absolute knowing. Paul prayed that we would SEE the following.
1. WE ARE the brightness of the HOPE of His calling.
plan. God shares His life and His imperishable power with us. The fresh and constant power of heaven gushes through those believers who understand the privileges that belong to them.
The biggest problem with evangelism is that people haven't really seen just how bright the light bulb could be! If they could see us in-Christ and Christ-in-us, then all our hopes to share this great Light with others would automatically happen!
Jesus is the only Light -- His eyes are flames of fire (Rev. 1:13, 14), His feet like burnished brass. His loins appear as the brightness of fire upward and downward. It is the flame of His light that provides the actuality of life and breath to every human being. It is His light that keeps us from growing cold.
Why we don't really need to make an effort to shine. It's not a chore that we have to do! It's an enLIGHTened KNOWING. We apprehend the Truth that God supplies the light, the power, the ability for us to shine. As we cloth ourselves with His likeness (the armor of light), we press forward past the darkness as a forceful influence.
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