Be a Tower of Light. A beacon of hope. Someone people can come to in times of need.
As Christians, we have several “symbols” that are universally known to us and others that are to represent Christianity.
One example is the fish (you know the one-it’s usually seen on the bumper of someone’s car) like this:
Of course, the cross is an important symbol in Christianity:
And one a little lesser-known, but still important is the lighthouse like this:
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
The Bible uses a lot of imagery throughout to paint a better picture of God, His Word, His people, His commandments, etc. The lighthouse is an excellent piece of imagery we can apply to our lives and here is why…
1. Most ships nowadays have high-tech equipment to let them know how far they are from land and allow them to better navigate their way, but before this technology, lighthouses were used for safety.
We, as Christians, should be a place of safety and refuge for people. People should feel free to come to us, without judgment, for prayer, advice, or just a hand to hold through a tough time in their life. We need to point them to our only true refuge, God.
Psalms 46:1-3 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.”
2. Lighthouses alerted sailors that their ship was approaching a sometimes rock-covered and dangerous shore.
We, as Christians, should help others avoid temptations. We shouldn’t sneer or condemn, but we should help motivate one another and keep each other on the right path.
Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.“
3. Lighthouses were also a beam of comfort to travelers who had endured many difficult weeks or months at sea and let them know that they were almost to land.
We, as Christians, should lead people home. Of course, the home I’m speaking of is a spiritual home. We need to lead people to Christ so we can enjoy Heaven together.
Titus 2:7-8 “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.“
4. Lighthouses are very sturdy structures that weathered many storms. They represent stability. Even when the waves are crashing against them, they stand firm.
We, as Christians, should stand firm on the solid Rock (God) that holds our foundation firm even when the enemy is attacking us from all around.
Psalm 40:2 “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”
Psalm 78:35 “And they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer.”
5. The men and women that kept the lights burning for sailors also provoke deep feelings of determination, because they would work tirelessly to ensure that the light shone for those at sea. They had to keep the glass clean, the light burning at all times after sunset, and had to climb up and down many (some have more than 300) stairs multiple times per day. Their continued diligence and attention to detail saved lives and guided many sailors safely home.
We, as Christians, need to be diligent about seeking God and telling others about Christ. We need to do all that we can to make sure our light shines as bright as possible to guide others to Him.
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me. “
2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”