I woke up this morning thinking about televisions. Have you ever noticed that most televisions are dark-colored? Why do you think that is? When the television is turned off it is just plain-looking, nothing special. On the outside one television looks a lot like another. Their sizes may vary, but they are all basically frames. It is not until you turn them on that the real differences happen.
The outside of a television is a frame to showcase the picture that shows up from within when you turn it on. As Christians we are to be the same way, we are to provide a framework for the love of God to flow through us. Remember the words to a popular kids song, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine”? Letting that light shine means allowing God to be turned on in our lives and stepping aside to frame the wonders of His love that flows through us.
In John 3:30 we see John making a profound statement about his popularity and ministry compared to the ministry of Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Is the framework of your life so flashy that it takes away from the real message? Can you change that? Can you slip into the background and allow the Holy Spirit to shine through with the love of God so brightly that all anyone sees is God’s love?
Take some time and see if you have made your frame so flashy that you take away from the picture that God is showing through your life. Are you a plain framework that allows the love of God to flow through you? Or are you a flashy frame that even if God is on and His love is flowing, all people can focus on is you?
When you share the love of God with someone and they thank you, do you take credit for what just happened or do you turn their attention back to God? “Thank you, God is awesome!” is a good reply to use. It is thoughtful toward the person giving the compliment but does not take the glory from God.
Do you walk away from loving others with a feeling of “Wow it is amazing how God just did that” or is it more like “God, I am good!”?
I am going to spend this week asking myself these questions. Then take action to change, where necessary, so that God gets all the focus and glory in my life. Will you join me?
Enjoy your week. I’ll be back next week with more.