In Hebrews 1: 3, the writer declares:
“This Son is the radiance of the Sh’khinah (glory), the very expression of God’s essence [the exact imprint of His nature CEV)]”
So if we are a being made in the image of Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18), then could it literally mean we are being transformed to reflect the radiance of the Sh’khinah glory of God??? If this is the case – why are we being hidden away? Sometimes of our own choosing.
Just like I spoke of my friend’s lamp which looks good, but is useless because there is no power source, I am challenged by the parallel Jesus drew between our lives, and the lamp:
“You are light for the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Likewise, when people light a lamp, they don’t cover it with a bowl but put it on a lampstand, so that it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they may see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
Once again, being at Joss’s on Monday was a real inspiration for this!!
She has a light in the ceiling which has a lamp shade which is actually not a lamp shade at all. It literally allows the light to shine as brightly as the bulb is designed to shine.
Isn’t this what Jesus is challenging us to be like? To allow the light within us to be given the free-reign to shine as brightly as the Holy Spirit needs to be seen within us?
I know, it can seem quite intimidating to be the only one who is shining differently to those around us, and it can be quite scary to raise our heads above the relative safety of our comfort zone – but isn’t being recognised as “a bright spark” better than burying ourselves, and all God has placed in us, in the ground?
Oh, maybe you don’t think so at this moment, but all of us will reach a point when we have to reflect back on the life we have been given and think, “What exactly have I done with my life?”
Break out of the box!! Be a different kind of “lampshade”!! One which lets the light fully out, instead of trying to dim it, or hide it away! be proud of who you are, in Christ, and walk in the confidence that you are made in the image of God, are being transformed into the image of Jesus, and are literally a reflection of the Sh’khinah glory of God.
You were made to shine – no, not like a little sunbeam – but with the glorious brilliance of the Light of the World! If that doesn’t cause us to walk tall with confidence, I don’t know what will!!