13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
I have had the Men of Standard CD, Feels Like Rain, for many years. As I've become older and more spiritually mature, I have learned many lessons from it. The song, Don't Lose Your Candlestick, is one of my favorites. It talks about how we, as Christians and ministry leaders, lose our candlestick - our fire, our light - because we have become distracted and burdened down, functioned out of His will, and put the Lord on the back burner. Therefore, our fire has burned out. We don't pray the same. We don't serve the same. We don't teach the same. We don't preach the same. And, oh, how I've felt this feeling over the years, especially in my music ministry...when I know I haven't played the same.
In Matthew 5, Jesus shows His disciples that being a light in the world is a compliment, but also a great responsibility to carry forth the message. He outlines our responsibility as light bearers so that, ultimately, the Father can get the glory.
Maybe, like Samson, you've lost your power...maybe you've lost your fire...maybe you've even lost your favor...but IF you just ask God for His grace and make yourself available back to him, FIRST, you'll get your fire back.
To anyone who feels that your fire has burned out, I encourage you today to get back in line, get back in God's Word, get back in your prayer closet and get back in His will.
Don't Lose Your Candlestick