The Astonishing Light Inside of You

Lighthouse

“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” (2 Cor. 4:7, NLT)

You have an astonishing treasure on the inside of you. That’s right, a jaw-dropping, flabbergasting, mind-boggling treasure. 

You might not feel like you do. It might seem like today is one more mundane day in your ordinary life. You may suspect that there is nothing spectacular about you. Sometimes it’s hard to see the treasure that’s inside of us.

I remember a defining moment I had a few years ago as I was walking down the street in the city of Lima. It was a very run of the mill day. I wasn’t feeling particularly “prayed up” or in sync with the Holy Spirit. There was no spiritual high going on for me, at all.

However, out of the blue, the Lord opened my spiritual eyes. Suddenly I could see a blindingly brilliant light flooding forth from me into the darkness as I walked. I was a veritable blazing torch in the inky blackness!

I immediately knew that the light I was perceiving was Jesus. Not only that, but I also understood that He was showing me that I always shine like this – no matter how I’m feeling – because He is always in me.

Here’s the thing. It had nothing to do with how triumphant or defeated I felt that day. Our God is the Father of heavenly lights and He just IS! He is the great “I Am.” And He IS inside you and me both like that – even on our worst day – because He IS, always!

His brilliance doesn’t dim when we are struggling because it’s HIS not ours. There is no shadow of variation in His radiance, ever, and that radiance has made its home inside us.

Take heart, dear one. Yes, you are a fragile jar of clay. However, this is actually a magnificent arrangement. It takes all the pressure off you and puts the spotlight on the beauty and majesty and splendor of Jesus.

No matter what you are feeling today, with Him on the inside, what a dazzling, resplendent light you are!

“You are the light of the world…” (Matt. 5:14, NKJV)

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Is there anyone you know that seems to shine more brightly with Jesus’ light than many others? If so, why do you think this is?

 

12 thoughts on “The Astonishing Light Inside of You

  1. Jennifer
    Yes and I believe that those who have endeavored to allow the elimination of the obstruction of self shine more brightly. One cannot do this alone, but with His mercy and guidance can the self be diminished and ultimately be eliminated.

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  2. Yes, I know someone who shines for Jesus. You do! You have no idea how often your posts light up my life. Even in the dark times, I can see the light of Jesus in you. Your faith in Him is a beacon of hope shining around the world. NOTHING can extinguish the light of Jesus Christ. Keep shining, dear sister in Christ. Keep shining.

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    1. Aw, Mandy, you seriously just made my day. I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed trying to adapt to the new responsibiliites overseeing my kids’ studies at home, and was feeling a little burdened about continuing with my usual blog activities plus all the new extra, and I needed the extra encouragement. I am taking a screenshot of your words and keeping them. Thanking you with all my heart!

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