Be a Lighthouse of Blessing…

Govert Roos

During the past months of the coronavirus pandemic, a dear brother in the Lord has produced a number of short video messages. Each one closed with the invitation, “Be a lighthouse of blessing!” This spoke to me, and it corresponds to what the Lord Jesus appealed in the Sermon on the Mount:

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matt 5:14-16).

Until I was 18, I lived in Scheveningen. A former fishing village, it’s now part of the city of The Hague in the Netherlands. A lighthouse towered just 150 meters from our home, right on the North Sea. We saw its searchlights quite a bit at night. A lighthouse is quite special, a very important tool for navigation. Nowadays, modern digital navigation aids diminish the relevance of lighthouses, but they can never completely replace the towers’ light and their visual navigation cues. Most notably, if GPS, electronics, or the power supply fail, lighthouses are an indispensable safeguard.

Scheveningen’s lighthouse is 30 meters (nearly 100 feet) high, and its light reaches approximately 53 kilometers (33 miles). It shows the way, and thus the safe harbor, for people who are at sea. In thick fog, when the lighthouse’s brightness doesn’t radiate far enough, the penetrating tone of the fog horn sounds. Many people have certainly been saved by the lighthouse’s brightness or the sound of the fog horn.

Just like a lighthouse, we want to be a light and give a clear signal in this dark world. Let’s be used by our Lord and work for His cause. As our society becomes more godless, it needs such “lighthouses of blessing” more than ever. The mission field begins at our doorstep!

Paul says it this way: “That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” (Phil 2:15). And Jesus says: “You are the light of the world,” not “Become the light of the world.” We are already light. We don’t have to strain to shine; we have to make sure that the light that is already shining within us isn’t obscured, subdued, or hidden. The Lord grant me, and us, grace in this. 

“Be a lighthouse of blessing!”

Midnight Call - 09/2020

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