Size Doesn’t Matter

6 06 2014

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Several years ago, we went to the Battery Point Lighthouse museum in Crescent City, CA. Among the things there was the original lens for the lighthouse. They showed where it originally hung, placed so the sun would shine through it and demonstrate its ability to refract light.

The problem was that it so magnified the sunlight that it nearly caught the wall on fire! It was promptly moved to a place where the sun didn’t hit it directly.

This chunk of glass, used in the lighthouse, is called a fourth-order Fresnel lens, and is very fascinating. Although it’s not very tall (about chest-height), it’s light can be seen up to 20 miles away.

Fresnel lens prisms

 

As you can see here, through it’s many prisms, light is greatly magnified.

Ooh! Aah! So what?

Well, of course you know this has something to do with Jesus!

In and of ourselves, we have no light. (For I know that good itself does not dwell in me…Romans 7:18a). We were not meant to be the light;

Jesus is the light of the world.

However, we are  the lens!

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16

All those trials? The chipping, grinding, and shaping we’ve been through? Umm hmm, they have been necessary so that the Lord’s light is magnified through us!

If the glass in the picture above were as thick as its widest part, light would be enlarged somewhat. This is how old TV screens were formed so a small picture could be made bigger.

As glass is removed, though, prisms are formed and instead of the light being increased a bit, now it is actually sent forth through the lens.

In the same way, as more of our old nature is removed, Jesus can shine further and brighter through us!

He must increase, but I must decrease.

John 3:30

Every facet is precisely shaped and angled in such a way as to give maximum refraction…

of the Light within.

Do all things without murmurings and disputings:That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. Philippians 2:14-15

It only takes a small amount of light, set in the center of our lives, however small they may be by the world’s standards, to magnify Jesus to the world around us.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

As we decrease in thickness and become more transparent, and as our facets (gifts) are exposed, the Light of Jesus becomes brighter and brighter. It’s not about our “size” – in fact, when it comes to reflecting and refracting His Light, less is more!

So, when we look at our ministry and think of it as a small matter, and of little significance, remember that

size doesn’t matter!

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16 responses

9 07 2014
annarosemeeds

Wow, that is a beautiful image. Thank you!

14 06 2014
StephenWhoElse

It’s not the size of our ministry, but the number of facets we have reflecting His light. With 8 or 10 hour guests, I would say you have quite a few facets to reflect..don’t you 😉

Take care and stay in His Word !

14 06 2014
lessonsbyheart

Oh, I certainly hope so! If nothing else, seed has been sown. May the Lord receive a great harvest from what He’s been doing here! 🙂

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14 06 2014
StephenWhoElse

Oh He will, He will. For His words will never return void!

so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)

14 06 2014
lessonsbyheart

Thanks, Stephen. 🙂

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9 06 2014
Ellie www.newcreationsministries.wordpress.com/

This was absolutely beautiful and so well written. Wonderful description and I can’t wait to read more of your posts! (Since God is Light and He cannot look upon sin, there will be no light in hell – that should be enough for some to really search the Scriptures and learn about the Love of the Lord.) Blessings,

10 06 2014
lessonsbyheart

Thanks, Ellie. This spoke to me as well. I love how Jesus used everyday things to teach His truths. Soon, posts will be back to a regular schedule. We’ve got eight – ten house guests right now. Time for writing is limited. ;(

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7 06 2014
isaiah41v10

What a great picture. Thanks for the encouragement!

8 06 2014
lessonsbyheart

🙂

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6 06 2014
Pure Glory

I must decrease so the Lord can increase in me. Let his light shine!

6 06 2014
lessonsbyheart

I loved this analogy. As I researched some of the details, the Lord revealed more and more of this truth this morning. He can use absolutely anything with which to teach, can’t He?

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6 06 2014
Pure Glory

Absolutely! 🙂

6 06 2014
inthepottershands988

Wow! What a great analogy! I’m gonna have to reflect on this one for awhile. No pun intended! Thank you, Tami!!

6 06 2014
lessonsbyheart

I loved this one myself. We’re learning this during our current season. 🙂

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6 06 2014
paulfg

This is really thought provoking. Prisms. Size doesn’t matter. Mustard seed. Less is more … If …

Prisms!! Thank you!!

6 06 2014
lessonsbyheart

🙂

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