Once the door opened, and the light turned on, my eyes lit up like the sky on the 4th of July! It was stunning, elegant, and peaceful. The colors of cream, white, taupe, and gold, draped the room with satin and chenille, from floor to ceiling. Throughout were hints of pink, as a famous mouse sat perched on a shelf. As my eyes circled the room I couldn’t get enough. I absolutely loved the room!
What I kept coming back to was the crystal chandelier that hung from the ceiling. It was the focal point, and drew immediate attention. The crystal sparkled, and silver shone, as light reflected off each piece. As I stood there taking the room in, I think I was holding my breath. It was like I walked into Cinderella’s room in the palace!
The room would play host to its expectant resident. A little girl who has not arrived yet. Her mother beaming with pride, and joy, gave me the tour. The expectant mother opened the drawers to reveal all of the necessities that were in place. This little girl would go without nothing! This little girl would have her every desire, need, and want met!
But, my eyes really never left the chandelier.
What struck me while standing in the room was the comment made by her mother, “we have been working on this room, and after the shower we spent hours arranging and organizing things.” Right then I thought – God, is this what my room will look like in heaven? If so, I can hardly stand it! Then I was reminded –
“There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?” Jn. 14:2 NLT
Yet, my eyes could not leave the chandelier.
It hung with such elegance, and glamour! The light was brilliant, and bright as it filled the room. The light didn’t have to make a sound. It’s presence in the room set the tone. The decor danced around the light bringing everything to life. The room was dark before the light was turned on, and once on there was an awe that was too much for words. The light captured my attention, and held my gaze. Everything revolved around the light.
The chandelier was the focal point.
And, isn’t it how that is how it is supposed to be with Christ Jesus?
“The One who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” Jn. 1:9 NLT
What if we made Jesus the chandelier of our life, as the satin, and chenille, draped the days of our lives we would keep our eyes on Him. Perhaps, terrible events become more manageable under His light?
“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” Heb. 12:2a NLT
For you it may not be a chandelier, it may be something else that captures your attention. That thing that keeps your gaze even though you look around. That thing that seems so bright in a dark world. Jesus is just that –
“He is a light to reveal God to the nations.” Jn. 2:32a NLT
When we make Him that light in our life. When He becomes the focal point of our own lives He becomes contagious. It is not that we become the focal point, but Christ as seen through us to others.
“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.” Jn. 1:4NLT
Like the expectant child who has a room waiting for her we too are children with a room waiting for us.
“For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night.” 1 Th. 5:5 NLT
Just like the chandelier Christ’s presence in our lives should be the focal point, drawing attention, and commanding the gaze so much so that others say – I. Want. That!
Being a chandelier for Christ means: encouraging each other, showing respect, living in peace, helping the weak, being joyful, praying continually, giving thanks, and receiving God’s word in your life. 1. Th. 5:11-20
May we shine brightly with the character of Christ Jesus that He becomes the focal point we can’t take our eyes off of!
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2015
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