Pastor's Pen: A Solid Connection

In my desk is a small flashlight.  It’s come in handy a couple of times.

The time I had to go under the office desk to plug in the mouse behind the computer.

The time I was looking for a small item on the floor and decided to try the CSI trick of using my flashlight to focus on an area – at least they do that on TV anyway.

And practically every time we have laser tag at the church and I’m walking around in the dark trying not to trip over steps, items on the floor or teenagers preparing for a sneak attack on some unsuspecting opponent.

My flashlight comes in handy; however, you have to know how to use it.  The head of the flashlight doesn’t connect well with the handle.  If you don’t twist it on just right you get this dim glow rather than a full beam of light.

The problem isn’t that the batteries are dead or that it’s too dark for any light to permeate the night.  It’s simply that the connection to the source of power is not being made or is barely touching.

My spiritual life gets like that all too often.  I am supposed to be “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14), but many times my light is very dim.  Is it that all the wickedness in the world has become so dark that my little light can’t shine?  No.  In fact, the darkness should make my light stand out even more.  The problem isn’t the world.

Is it that the Source of my light has lost power?

Maybe God needs a re-charge?

I don’t think so.  God doesn’t “dim” or lose His charge.  The problem isn’t outside myself, it is myself.  I am not connected with the Source, God Himself.  Ephesians 5:8 says this, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light.”

If you know Christ, you are a light; but a light can only shine brightly when connected with its source.  That source is the Lord.  Do you have a loose connection or a solid one?  Stay firmly connected to Him throughout the day.