‘“Command the children of Israel that they bring to you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to make the lamps burn continually.”’ –Leviticus 24:2
‘“You are the light of the world”’ (Matthew 5:14a). Ever heard that verse? As Christians, we are called to shine Christ’s light to the rest of the world. Shining Christ’s light goes back to the Old Testament and the building of the Tabernacle. In the Tabernacle, God’s people’s place of worship to Him, there was a lampstand. The lampstand was made of pure gold and it was to burn continually. It was the only source of light in the temple. Without it, the priests wouldn’t have been able to see anything. It was fueled by oil instead of being burned as a candle.
As Christians, we are a light in a dark world fueled by the Holy Spirit. Beth Moore, in her Bible study on the Tabernacle, explained this: “When we receive Christ as our personal Savior, the fuel of the Holy Spirit sparks the life of Christ in our hearts. Although that light can never be extinguished, the brightness of our flame entirely depends on how much oil (the Holy Spirit) we allow Christ to pour on us. … If we invite God to pour on His Holy Spirit and if we allow that perpetual light to burn unhindered and uncovered, an amazing phenomenon takes place: we are filled with the Spirit.” How much of the Holy Spirit are we allowing Christ to pour on us?
When we are filled with the Spirit, we produce the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). So, when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, it shows through our actions. We will be loving, joyful, peaceable, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and show self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). We will be living out the light!
Let this be our prayer, that Christ pour so much of the Holy Spirit on us that our cup overflows (Psalm 23:5) and that our flame shines bigger and brighter than ever before so that others will see what kind of Savior we have (Matthew 5:16)!