Today's post comes from a wonderful man, friend, brother (and chess player) named Alan Kearns: Alan is many things to me, and they're just a few. But he's also a fellow member of the UK Christian Bloggers and part of our BerryBunch Advisory Group - the Council of Elrond.
He's also a keen blogger - which is how I was privileged to first meet him. His blog is called Devotional Treasures.
So, I hope you enjoy one of his posts that I'm really happy to be sharing with you: this is a guest post which I hope will enlighten you, encourage you and uplift you.
Buchan Ness Lighthouse, Scotland - Photography courtesy of Ben Bremner
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE MEN IN SUCH A WAY THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS, AND GLORIFY YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN. Matthew 5:16, NASB
Last week I was super inspired by the preacher’s sermon at church; he is a man of the sea and hence spoke with authority on that subject about Jesus calming the storm. His use of nautical themes suited me; even though I am not a sailor or fisherman I have a love for nautical illustrations in my faith. My love for these came from my early 1980s work with the Boys Brigade in the Lochgelly Salvation Army Corps, and their anthem “Will Your Anchor Hold?” In this hymn my love for nautical themes was born. Quite quickly I went from anchors to lifeboats, and of course lighthouses.
Lighthouses with their Scottish connections via the Stevenson family (who built many lighthouses around the UK coast) became a lifelong interest. They fitted nicely into the Biblical theme of Jesus as The Light of the World (John 8:12). Lighthouse beams reach a great distance into the dark oceans thanks to an invention by the French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel (1788-1827); the Fresnel lens is both lighter in weight and larger making it more effective than traditional lenses…but not stretching across the world as Jesus’ Light does.
Dear Reader, our Lord and Saviour Jesus is our Lighthouse and we are the Fresnel lens through which His light shines. For a lighthouse to shine it requires engineering and work; the same is true of the child of God – we also must work. Our faith in Christ is best displayed in this world through good works that glorify God. Are you shining for Him today brethren, across the dark oceans of this sinful world? As a lighthouse saves souls from shipwreck, you can save souls today for Eternity tomorrow.
Written by The BerryBunch