I bet I got your attention. Obviously, that is a derogatory term people have used more than once to describe me. But I hope that after today you may see its significance in a totally different light. I am using the two word phrase to describe a condition we all must consciously choose to avoid. And it has nothing to do with intelligence.

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.” Matthew 4:18-20

Notice something. Jesus didn’t approach the brothers with a shiny brochure promising free treats at Camp Capernaum. He didn’t step up onto a soapbox and deliver an impassioned speech. He simply said, “Come, follow me.” And they did.

How about this small snapshot?

When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Mark 10:14-15

Were the children rushing to Jesus because they were anxious to hear him speak? Probably not. It was something else he offered.

In both of these cases, there was that special thing about Jesus that drew others to him. Even before he had spoken a single word.

He had light. And if I am not mistaken, the power source of that light was his love.

We are living in increasingly darker times. People are angry, striking out at one another. Name-calling has become an art form. Man’s inhumanity to man is on display everywhere we look. And Satan wants us to join in. He’d like to dim our 100 watt bulb down to 10 watts. We can’t allow that.

After meeting Jesus, John the Baptist said “He must become more. I must become less.” John 3:30

Step aside and allow Jesus’ love powered light to shine through you. It will always be 100 watts.

Jesus People, “Let Your Light Shine”.

No Dim Bulbs Here

by Bruce Hanson

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