How bright and dependable is your lantern?
Clearance Coleman, the founder of the Coleman Lantern Company, started building gas lanterns in the 1800’s. He guaranteed them to work or he would replace them free of charge. People came to depend on the lantern and a business was born that continues as one of the great names in the camping industry.
Christ came into the world and set a standard and challenged his follower to always be the light in a world of darkness filled with Sin.
As we read in Romans 12:1-2
1. Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy,To offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good and pleasing and perfect will.
Our Lord and savior also told us that our future is guaranteed if we will follow Him. In today’s world we have opportunities every day to shine our lantern, by just “doing Good” as our theme for the year suggests. We serve our Lord as we serve others. Mark 9:41 tells us, “anyone who gives you a cup of water in Jesus name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.”
We need to strive to be a community of God’s people who are set aside by our actions for “Doing Good” every opportunity we have.