What Kind of Oil Do You Burn?


Matthew 5:15-16 NLV, “You are the light of the world. You cannot hide a city that is on a mountain.  Men do not light a lamp and put it under a basket. They put it on a table so it gives light to all in the house.  Let your light shine in front of men. Then they will see the good things you do and will honor your Father Who is in heaven.”

If you’ve ever used a kerosene lamp, you’ll be familiar with the smell, the flicking of the light and that the light is not as bright as electric light. However, if you keep the lamp filled, the chimney (globe) clean and the wick trimmed and turned up just so, you can light a whole room with the light it gives out and it will last for days. The higher the placement of the light, the larger the area it reaches.

I was thinking of the light we are to the world around us. Some of us are running on fumes because we haven’t taken the time to fill our lamp. We arrive at church for a ‘fill up’ only to burn out before we go to work on Monday morning. Our globe is smokey so what light we do give out, doesn’t give clear direction for anyone around us. What cleans us? The washing of the water of the Word. What fills us? The oil of the Holy Spirit. How do we stay filled up? It’s not just about reading the Bible and saying a prayer, it’s about being in His presence, worshiping and being thankful.

If we were to do this everyday, can you imagine the powerful presence of God that would transform lives as we gathered together in one accord on a Sunday morning. The light would be blinding and the smell of oil would fill the place of worship. You can’t have my oil and I can’t have yours. I can’t run a hose from me to whomever needs it, it must come from the Father of lights. I’d love to share what is in me. But there is only one filling station, and that is the powerful presence of God. All I can do is help others find the way and show them how to fill themselves up, but I can’t do it for them.

Father, today I see so many who have allowed the cares of this world and deceitfulness of riches smoke up their lives and keep them from coming for their fill of Your oil. You sent us into the world so that the world would be saved, but we’re so self focused that we try to burn the lamp for only ourselves and in the process, we’ve lost what little light we have. We can only fill up as we give out to you. Transfuse me. Transform me. Cleanse me and make me new that the light of your glory will flood my space and inspire others to pursue you. It’s in Jesus’ Name, Amen

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