The lamps on the pure gold lampstand before the Lord must be tended continually. Leviticus 24:4
Lighting in a building that is in constant use must be maintained on a regular basis. Light bulbs burn out and need to be replaced. Electrical wiring can wear out and need to be repaired. Provision of power to the lights must always be available.
Maintenance workers are continually monitoring the lights to ensure that they are always working when needed. If the basic maintenance is ignored, the lighting will go out and everyone will be in the dark, unable to see.
God told the Israelites that the lamps that were before Him must be tended to continually, never allowing them to burn out.
Jesus told His followers that they are to be a light on a hill, a light in this world to shine the gospel message in this darkened world. Every believer is a light for all the world to see the truth of God’s amazing love and the salvation He provides.
In order to keep the light burning in the life of a believer, he must maintain the lamp. Maintenance for a believer is continually remaining in God’s word and applying it to his life. It is also praying without stopping making petitions known and listening to what God has to say. It is staying in tune with the Holy Spirit leading and guiding him.
Too many believers let the maintenance be set aside, getting caught up in the things and busyness of this world. Their focus is on the here and now, rather than the future. As this occurs, their light grows dim and often will burn out falling into sinful habits and the ways of this world.
Every believer must focus on keeping their light lit and burning brightly for God. Maintenance is not an option but required.
As a believer, you are to have a light shining bright in your life that reveals who God and Jesus is to the world. Your actions, reactions and words are what that light is. Everything you say and do or not do should be a revealing of who God is and His love for all people.
The only way you will be able to continually keep your light burning is to tend to it continually. Daily study God’s word and apply it to your life and seek God in prayer for wisdom and direction.
Don’t let your light burn out.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will study God’s word daily and hide it in your heart; that you will seek God in prayer for wisdom and direction; and that your light for God will never burn out or grow dim.