February 6, 2010
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
I've always been fascinated by trivia. If you are too, here's an interesting piece of it for you.
Over 200 years ago, with flint and steel, Tom Dalton started a fire in his Blue Ridge Mountain cabin.
That's not all that important until you realize his descendants have kept the fire burning.
Requiring a cord of wood a month, the fire has been watched from one generation to another, moved from one cabin to another. It has become the oldest man-made fire in the United States -- perhaps in the world. It's not been an easy task for the Dalton descendants, but always the fire has been kept burning.
Now, that's commitment! You don't hear much about commitment anymore, do you?
Almost every year we hear stories about spies who sell out our nation and her secrets.
We have seen spouses desert each other; we have watched as promising politicians are elected and promptly forget their campaign commitments.
In contrast, Christians are blessed to have a Savior who is constantly committed to the saving of lost souls. That commitment had Him misunderstood by men, betrayed and denied by friends, and crucified by the people He had come to save.
Even so, Jesus stayed on the course that took Him to the cross.
And because He did that, the open tomb tells us we are blessed to have a Savior in whom we can believe and to whom we can be loyal.
Redeemed and restored, like the Dalton family, our lives can now be committed to letting our light shine as a witness to the lost and lonely world.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, indeed I am blessed by Your unconditional love and loyalty. Help me to be a blessing to others by allowing them to see the light of the Savior radiate through the things I do and say. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries