“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
There’s a show on television called Halt and Catch Fire. The show depicts the lives of 4 main characters and several other supporting characters. The four main characters are all amazing flawed. They stumble through life doing things that cause each of them to go through amazing difficult times. But each of them seem to have this one ability or gift. They are able to look at a situation and see a potential for something completely different and new. You can see each one of them as they process out a new thought. It seems to burden them. They then have a breakthrough and they catch fire.
Isn’t that what Christ does with each of us in the process of recovery? We see something new and exciting but we can’t put our finger on just what that is. We halt and contemplate what exactly is happening. Something new is happening but we just can’t see the big picture.
When we invite Christ in, he gives us a glimpse of the larger picture. Most of the time this glimpse is just a spark. If we grab hold of what Christ is trying to show us, that spark becomes a flame. Christ catches our life on fire and we become a bright shining light.
Recovery is the process of catching fire. And then becoming that bright shining light Christ proclaims us to be.
Father God, you are the light that starts with a tiny spark. Please consume we with your light as I catch fire for recovery and help to grow Your Kingdom. Let the embers of your fire in me glow brightly. Amen.
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