Keep the light burning.

Aaron must keep the lamps burning in the Lord’s presence all night. – Leviticus 24:3b

God gave Moses the command for Aaron and the high priests to follow that the light of the menorah in the inner sanctuary must have oil from the people to keep it burning. God commanded that the light of the menorah must never be allowed to go out.

Aaron had to keep the light of the menorah burning in the presence of God, and we should heed that same command in our lives. We may not be Jews and may not be under the Mosaic Law, but we are still lights shining in this world of darkness. Jesus, himself, said that he is the Light of the world and that we are light and salt in this world. Doesn’t it, therefore, make sense that we should allow the “oil” of the Holy Spirit to be filling us up daily (continually) and thereby shine forth his Light in us to this dark world? Jesus also told us to allow our good deeds to “so shine” before men that they see them and glorify God. Your actions are a reflection of the light that is in you. That light may actually be light, or it may be darkness. Jesus said that if the light that is in your eye is darkness, then how dark is that darkness! Therefore, let us be like the words of the children’s song, “This little light of mine. I’m going to let it shine. Let it shine, let is shine, let it shine.”

Father, I need the oil of your Spirit to fill me daily, so that I may let the Light of Jesus in me shine forth like the morning sun. Why? So people that don’t know you can say, “What is it about you that causes you to shine differently from others?” In return, I may have the opportunity to share your love and grace with them and point them to the narrow path that leads to life. Help me to cast your light on the darkness of this dreary world, so people may find the way to you and to eternal life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.