Flashlight: Stuffed Tight or Shining Bright?

Flashlight: Stuffed Tight or Shining Bright?

I love to use visuals to demonstrate Biblical truths. In fact, I like the suspense and curiosity it creates as it keeps the girls guessing as to how the visual relates to our passage of study.  Holding a flashlight in my hand I asked my neighborhood Bible study gals, “What is a flashlight’s purpose?”

Immediately, the consensus was unanimous.

“It is a portable, battery-powered light used when it is dark inside a home or building or when it’s too dark outside to see.”

What they did not know was that for this illustration, I had filled the flashlight’s battery compartment with several items: jewelry, matchbox car, mini mirror, coins and candy. Proceeding, I handed the flashlight to one of the group members and asked her to turn it on. To her surprise, it did not work. Flashlight 4

I responded with, “Hum, wonder what the problem is?”

I asked her to unscrew the top. The group’s curiosity grew as she dumped out all of the items she discovered inside. I enjoyed watching individuals in the group as they attempted to figure out the point I intended to make.

I read a famous quote by the French mathematician, philosopher and physicist, Blaise Pascal. “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man, which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”

I held the empty flashlight in one hand and three size D batteries in the other. I pointed out that we were all born empty like the flashlight. Just as the flashlight cannot fulfill its purpose of providing light without removing the contents and replacing it with batteries, so we will not live out our designed purposes without being emptied of sin and filled with Christ Himself.

Flashlight 1Based on Ezekiel 36:15-27, when someone becomes a Christian, his heart of stone “trades spaces” with a new heart of flesh. II Corinthians 4:17 reaffirms this, “Those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!” 

I continued and shared with the group that at the point of salvation, the “once and for all” switch was made. Their sins were removed as far as the east is from the west. Christ came into their lives and their hearts changed instantaneously. But Scripture also teaches that our “earth suit,” which the mind is a vital part of, does not. Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to or copy the behavior and customs of the world, but let God transform you into a new person by renewing your mind.”

While I unscrewed the top of the flashlight and dropped coins in, I said, “Conforming can be compared to filling our lives with stuff which interrupts the flow of Christ’s light from shining through. Transformation takes place as we renew our minds through reading, studying, obeying and applying Scripture. Our lives need to be emptied of the world’s thinking and replaced with the truths of God’s Word.”

Consider the things we fill ourselves with: marriage, children, material possessions and much more. We should never be content with these alone. That is “stuff” in the battery compartment. We need the battery…the Living and written Word of God.

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Debbie McGoldrick is the founder of NBS2GO and blessed to be married to Mark and the adoptive mother of Melissa and Matt. Debbie is an avid collector of heart rocks and shells, a lover of color and always looking for a reason to go to the beach.



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