One of the things I like to do as I read the scriptures is write down just one thing, one quick takeaway from the section. For me, it’s a process that helps me move from simply reading the Word to allowing the Word to read me.
It’s a simple practice that anybody can do, it helps to reinforce what I’ve read, and it gives me an opportunity to engage with what the Holy Spirit might be trying to teach me.
This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Luke 11-12.
“Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” ~Luke 11:35-36
Is the light in my life the “real-deal” Jesus, or is it a “cheap knock-off brand counterfeit” jesus?
Introspection isn’t easy, but if we live like the words of Jesus are true than the light shines in the darkest corners of my life, and I can’t hide from it. His light always exposes the dim and dark places of my life where I’ve settled for less than his true light. The deepest and darkest places are easy to expose because the contrast is so stark, but his light also exposes the dimness of my unconscious biases to worship a comfortable religion, a preferred government, or propped up would-be saviors.
In his love, he search’s us, casting light into our darkness, and when we begin to submit to the light of Jesus, his light shines inward first. He already fully knows us, but as we trust him more, he exposes us to ourselves, and he lovingly transforms each of us into the child of God he designed us to be. Then, filled and transformed, his light explodes outward that we may see the world with his eyes!
So what do I see? How does it fill me? How does it affect me? When Jesus saw the crowds in Matthew 9:36, he was filled with compassion and his actions where defined by his obvious compassion. When I see the world, am I filled with compassion, and are my actions clearly understood as compassionate? If not, than I need to spend more time introspectively submitting to the light of Jesus.
This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?