Lighthouses are always found on the shores of the sea. They are tall towers with a high beam light focusing on the sea. In ancient times, way before automated systems and technology, lighthouses were manned and kept by humans. It was operated at night and whoever was stationed at the tower had one responsibility; sway the high beam light from left to right over the sea coast to as far as it can get towards the horizon.
The purpose for casting the light beam onto the sea is to help sailors know they were getting closer to coast. Sailing at night can be daunting. I reckon in the days where technology was not so prevalent, it was easy to get lost at sea. The lighthouse was therefore a sign of hope that land is near. They were positioned strategically as well along the coasts of major cities or towns, so sailors can dock at night if need be and continue the journey the next day.
Thinking about the use of the lighthouse, there was a resonance within about how the Christian is referred to as the light of the world. And I thought to myself, how does this fit in and how do we identify with this?
Hopefully we can answer the above question and get the scope of how this applies to the Christian life.
I have never been to sea or never been on a boat, my observation from documentaries and movies of people lost at sea has given me a third hand experience about the subject though. At least I know its not a pleasant experience for a number of reasons. Some reasons will be:
Running out of food and drinking water, night storms, running out of fuel and there is the high probability of death. So often I have realized that, at that point when its so tough, no news sounds good like the sighting of land just beyond the horizon. That is hope of life.
When a ship at sea spots a lighthouse, that is hope for the sailors especially when they had struggled or just pulled through a raging storm to get there. There is joy and the assurance that things will get better soon.
What the lighthouse is to a lost ship or boat, the Christian is exactly that to men in a cruel and brutal world.
There are people in our world today seeking answers. People are lost at sea and searching hard, for the first sight of land to rest. The world is brutal, and hands out cruelty and devastation in diverse ways. Ranging from hunger and poverty to injustice and slavery to terrorism and mass murder to pandemics and disasters you just name them.
Often we ask this question “Why?” Both Christians and Non Christians alike. Well the answer is the perversion of the original plan of God by the enemy is the causative factor of all these things.
Now God desires to have us live in peace and harmony. He seeks the best for His children at all times. We are in this world and obviously its not glamourous. Its hard but I have good news! When we decide to go with God through His Son Jesus Christ, it is easy to navigate the crisis of this cruel world. His yoke is easy and His burden is always light! (Matthew 11:30)
As Christians we have Christ in us and we are called to be a lighthouse on the shore of the worlds sea. We are called to make the world a better place. We are called to spread love, joy, peace, kindness, patience and positivity. We are called to advocate for justice and freedom, for equality and fairness. We are called to be good examples to all around us. We are called to expose the darkness of the world and restore people to the marvelous light.
Are we ready to respond to this call? Being a light is the best way to cause a shifting in our world today. Dear friend, Live a life that honors God and exemplifies Jesus Christ. As you do, your light shines and becomes a gathering point for all the ships lost at sea. The answers that the lost seamen are seeking are found in the truth of the word of God. The Bible says the entrance of His Word gives light and gives understanding to its simplicity. (Psalm 119:130)
When we take his Word and we live it out, we carry light and the light draws men unto God. He has said yet again that if He is lifted up, He will draw all men unto Himself. (John 12:32). I will encourage you to be the light wherever you are and whichever season you are in.
In this season of a pandemic, there is enough negative news out there already. Panic and fear grips people and causes anxiety and depression. How about we as Christians be the voice of optimism. We trust in the sovereignty of our Father to deliver us. Let us encourage people and spread faith and positivity instead of fear and negativity.
Remember that there is this poor, fainting, struggling seaman you may rescue, you may save!
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God bless you!
We are Kingdom Men and we serve the KING!