The Right Light
Looks may deceive…
May 5th, 2019
The Carter household has had a minor adventure over the past couple weeks.
My wife purchased a used lamp stand at the thrift store. You place a scented candle beneath the light and the heat from the bulb liquifies the candle wax, without flame, spreading the aroma through the room.
Just a few weeks ago the bulb burned out. We have enjoyed the lamp so much over the course of several months we wanted to replace the bulb and put the stand back into use.
The other day she and one of the ladies from the church opted to go shopping at Walmart and have lunch together. While they were at the store, my wife picked up a two pack of what appeared to be a replacement.
She was so proud of herself for making the $7 purchase to restore function to the lampstand. She handed me the package and asked if it would work right. “This should work shouldn’t it?”, she asked me.
I looked over the package and read the description only to see that these new bulbs she’d purchased were LED’s. A LED bulb is highly energy efficient and doesn’t cast off as much heat as a standard incandescent lightbulb will.
She took the pair of bulbs back to the store today when we were out running some errands. I contemplated going to a home improvement store, and then I thought, why not do some research online to make sure I was getting the right replacement bulb.
NOTE: The merchants I mention in this article are not endorsements or provided to reflect positively or negatively on any of these establishments. Their names are only provided to give accuracy to the story, as this was something that really happened.
Before I had gone very far, I realized that the bulbs used in this lamp stand were halogen bulbs (GU10’s). After checking with three different online bulb retailers, the closest match was a 20-watt or a 35-watt halogen bulb in the GU10 style.
Then I realized whenever I’m looking for something specific, I have had a lot of good luck with Amazon.
I pulled up the Amazon website, enter the the search, “Lightbulb GU10 25 watt”. In a flash I had an assortment of 25-watt GU10 lightbulbs, including LED, Halogen, and a 25-watt “CANDLE WARMERS ETC NP5 Replacement Bulb Gold”, which is specifically designed for doing the work the lampstand was designed to do!
I read closely the description…
· 120V, 25Watts
The price was only $4.99, and I got free shipping.
The 20- and 35-watt bulbs I had found earlier with online vendors specializing in lightbulbs, were selling Halogen GU10 bulbs for roughly $3, but were asking another $8 for shipping. Regardless, those bulbs were not specifically engineered for the stand we have.
So, I placed the order and the replacement bulb will arrive on Tuesday after ordering it on Saturday evening.
The Right Light
As I contemplated the devotional for today, I reflected on this experience and saw a parallel to consider.
There is a clear warning for us to seek the right light in scripture…
For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no great surprise if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will be according to their works.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (CSB)
Just as with our candle warmer there is a myriad of choices out there that appear to be the right light but we have to be careful where we source our illumination, because even if they might appear to be the real deal, they don’t provide the light essential for the task which we seek spiritual light for.
There are two other similarities we should consider.
The supplier of that light – We’d gone to Walmart, and check several online suppliers that boasted that they were a superior source of light, but despite them being able to deliver a facsimile of what we required, the wattage was not right for the task.
Jesus warned us regarding these false prophets and messiahs…
For false messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. Take note: I have told you in advance. So if they tell you, ‘See, he’s in the wilderness!’ don’t go out; or, ‘See, he’s in the storerooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
Matthew 24:24-27 (CSB)
The cost involved in buying into the incorrect light – The second parallel we can draw from our candle warmer experience is the costs involved in getting it wrong. In the case of our candle warming stand, the wrong choice would have cost us in every case more than what “The Right Light” costed.
With spiritual light, the costs for making the wrong choice are much greater. In fact, they are the difference of life and death!
Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12 (CSB)
Jesus is the right light. He is the light that imparts his light into us, allowing us function as the Light of the World, the same as he declared of himself.
Furthermore, he proclaims that his light is genuine and there is no substitute!
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6 (CSB)
Identifying the Right Light
Just as I took a specific interest to the detailed product description to make sure I was buying the right lightbulb for the candle warming stand, scripture provides a means of pointing out the false light that is so prevalent in the world today.
If anyone teaches false doctrine and does not agree with the sound teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the teaching that promotes godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing, but has an unhealthy interest in disputes and arguments over words. From these come envy, quarreling, slander, evil suspicions, and constant disagreement among people whose minds are depraved and deprived of the truth, who imagine that godliness is a way to material gain.
1 Timothy 6:3-5 (CSB)
These false teachers will propose a doctrine that falls outside of the teachings of Jesus. They will claim inspiration independent of scripture. Common today is teaching that seek to elevate self over spiritual purity. They will argue points that are departures from the Word of God. And so many of these false teachers today, will twist the scripture to claim that “godliness is a way to material gain.”
“The Right Light”, stated specifically that if we are to follow that light we will suffer just as he did for us.
You will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to another. For truly I tell you, you will not have gone through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. A disciple is not above his teacher, or a slave above his master. It is enough for a disciple to become like his teacher and a slave like his master. If they called the head of the house ‘Beelzebul,’ how much more the members of his household!
Matthew 10:22-25 (CSB)
This doesn’t sound like a situation where we can expect that every desire of our flesh will be fulfilled if we just have enough faith.
Get your light from the right source and don’t compromise or be deceived by claims that can’t provide the “Light of Life” you desire!
In the Grace of Jesus!