When Jesus Talked About Christmas Lights, but Didn’t Really

Tis’ the season where lawns are splattered in neon lights and animated reindeer greet you on every block.  Towns deck out in festive decor with giant lit trees and ostentatious ornaments on every pole. I was driving such a display the other night. Giant, larger-than-life poinsettias patiently sat at the foot of an overly decorated tree. Beautiful and welcoming, except one thing: there was a barrier all the way around the display. The intent, I believe, was to keep unwanted vandalism at bay. But it did more than that.

You see, from my perspective, low and laid back in a car seat (a Mini Cooper car seat to be exact), the barrier became a distraction. I couldn’t fully see the beautiful display. There was a large, black obstruction from every angle. Their fear of vandalism robbed me (and others) of taking the spectacle all in.

A scripture came to mind:

“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.” – Luke 11:33 ESV

I understand that Christ wasn’t talking about christmas lights, but the whole experience was convincingly on point.  A great reminder that when we submit to the discipleship of Christ, we don’t put up barriers around the light. We are no longer slaves to fear, because we have been adopted as children of God. Don’t allow the fear of vandalism, rob you of the joy of sharing the light within you.


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