Be The Spark

be the sparkI was texting with some of the youth from church the other day about getting more involved in the service, mission, and work of the church.
Sometimes all anyone needs is a nudge in the right direction – that goes for church family or the lost.
Suddenly I recalled a song we would sing at college devotion time.

“It only takes a spark to get a fire going.
And soon all those around, can warm up in it’s glowing.
That’s how it is with God’s love,
Once you’ve experienced it, you spread His love to everyone;
You want to pass it on.”

Jesus has called us the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matt 5:14-16

Light takes on many forms – a match, a candle, a lamp, a spotlight, fluorescent, the sun, flood lights, and so on.
Each is very important in its own way. You don’t want to use a candle when you need a flashlight.
But in Jesus’ day rooms were illuminated by fire, whether by candle or an oil lamp.

As little as 150 years ago light in most house holds was a coal oil or kerosene lamp.
What does it take to get that kind of light started?
It takes a spark.
I want to be the spark to start the light in other’s lives.
I want my church family to be the spark.

As the song says, it’s all about God’s love.
Though James had some harsh things to say about the tongue, he said this – a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And the tongue is a flame of fire. James 3:5-6
Use your words in a positive way

Be the spark.

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