Glowing For God

Wednesday, December 04, 2013 Posted by Lezlie Winberry

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Red: the color of blood (war) and rubies (wealth.) It’s associated with sacrifice, passion, and power. Let’s pretend for a moment that the author/writer of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” was a Christian. Santa is Papa God in disguise. He picks the one with the sparkle: the light that glows.
            I Samuel 16:11 tells us God wanted Jesse’s youngest—the smallest of six sons. Not a warrior but a sheep-keeper. Verse 12 tells us, “He was ruddy:” a healthy red color.  The Merriam-Webster dictionary adds: used to make an angry or critical statement more forceful. I love it. God chose the skinny, carrot-top kid. Even though King Saul calls David nothing but a youth, David replies with boldness: “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (17:37)
            Thus, Rudolph, the one with the red nose, is selected to “guide my sled tonight.” He grew up being made fun of, but grew into the role Santa had planned for him. What about you? What in you stands out—that perhaps you’ve been made fun of, or misunderstood for? Are you using God’s call on your life to fulfill the purpose of your “red” glow?
            I believe the shed blood of Jesus provides the source of our glow; the Holy Spirit ignites it, and Father God tugs at the reigns that enable us to light the path of hope for those who are still in the dark. “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.”
            [Just For Fun: David was a man of war, but his son became the man of rubies]

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