Friday, February 15, 2013

Shine Your Light

Point Loma Lighthouse - Cabrillo National Monument



... nor do they light a lamp and place it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it shines on all those in the house.  In the same way let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:15-16

Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light.
Luke 8:16


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The best short getaway that I can remember was a number of years ago. My son, Michael, and I went on a short trip to Cape May. He knew of my interest in lighthouses so we took off for the New Jersey shores. Michael did the planning and the driving. We spent several days working our way up the Jersey cost, visiting the lighthouse along the way. It was great fun and great time spent with my son.

Lighthouses mark hazardous coastlines, shoals  and reefs. They mark safe entries to harbors. Lighthouses have been around for a very long time. Before the actual buildings, treacherous shores were sometimes marked by bonfires  Then came the building - generally a tower of some type. The Lighthouse of Alexandria was built in 280 BC. For centuries this was the tallest man made structure on earth. Lighthouses were along coasts everywhere. Now, working lighthouses are basically a thing of the past. They have been replaced by electronic navigations systems combined with GPS.

Lighthouses are were very prevelant along the North America coast. The first built in North America was in St. Augustine Florida. A tower was built at that site in 1586. The next lighthouse was not built in North America until 1716. It was built in on Little Brewster Island, Boston. Lighthouses were gradually built along the entire East Coast and the Great Lakes. The lighthouses were generally towers or built on higher ground to be seen from a distance.  Lower harbor lights were often placed to mark safe passage into the harbor.

When lighthouses were built on the West Coast, they too were originally built on high cliffs. It was later discovered that the weather conditions on the west coast were not always proper for the high points. Frequent low clouds would obscure the light, so some lighthouses needed to be built on lower ground. My photo above is of the Old Point Loma lighthouse, it was replaced in 1891 with a lighthouse built on lower ground. That new lighthouse was then able to be seen by passing ships.

If one is truly concerned with the salvation of men, we must show the light of the gospel so that it can be seen by all. The light must be seen, the message must be told. There is no purpose in hiding the light behind the clouds; like that of some of the early west coast lighthouses. It must be seen to accomplish God's purpose of the light.  Luke 8:16  Let the light shine in the open, where it can be seen - and God can be glorified.

It is easy to see that the light of lighthouses can save lives. Their light would lead ships to the safety of the harbor. The light of the gospel can lead one to salvation and eternal life. The gospel is the only true light. Only the good news of salvation can save a person's life.  The source and basis of our salvation is the sacrifice of Christ.  Man is depraved, he is a sinner, he will perish. Without Christ man is hopeless. Man is saved from sin only because Christ bore the penalty of sin. Genuine faith is Christ is a gift from God. One then recognizes that we are helpless without forgiveness from a sovereign, holy God whom we have so greatly offended.

Shine that light of your shine. Don't make it shine - let His light shine through you. Don't hide the light behind the clouds.  Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.


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You had better take time to pray until Jesus is glorified in your eyes; then you will be
able to make Him glorious to others.
Semple McPherson

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Be patient with me. I do have a liking for lighthouses, and a love for Jesus. I got too wordy on this blog. I am working one more blog on these verses.  I am also looking to see if I can find a photo I took of the newer San Diego lighthouse.  I may not have saved saved one.  It was not much to see and it was part of a military outpost and rather difficult to photograph.


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