14 Dec Creating a Phosphorus Lifestyle
Have you ever found yourself wondering how you got to where you are right now? Or you look back on the things you have accomplished and think, “What did I do to deserve this”? Maybe you look at your life and think you haven’t lived the life you always wanted or planned for. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s never too late for change and transformation.
Matthew 5:14-16 says,
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
The Greek word for “light”, in the context of Matthew 5, is the word “phosphorus”. Phosphorus is so bright you can barely look at it. It is a combustible nonmetal that exists in two common allotropic forms. White phosphorus ignites spontaneously in air and glows in the dark. Red phosphorus is a less reactive chemical used in making matches. We should work to execute both forms of phosphorus in our walk as Christians.
Your thoughts, opinions, and decisions amass over time. Your prayers, seeds you’ve sewn, good works, generosity, your study, hard work ethic, and disciplines all add up to creating your lifestyle. Just like exercise, creating a lifestyle requires time, hard work, and sacrifice. For some of us who find ourselves in the position of not being where we want to be, “If you want something you’ve never had, you need to do something you’ve never done”. Begin with a goal, take small steps every day repeatedly towards that goal, and don’t stop until you’ve achieved it. It’s a sequence of decisions that generate a lifestyle.
Our lifestyle is something that can be used for God’s glory. If we allow ourselves to create a lifestyle that is phosphorus, people will be drawn to God because of it. Each of us have a light that is placed inside of us that is meant to illuminate the world for God’s glory.