January 11, 2024

Light Through Windows

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining.—1 John 2:8 NASB

As George Herbert approached death, his focus turned away from the temporary things of this world and more toward eternal subjects. The realization that he would spend eternity with God brought him joy. The last words of this English poet and clergyman were, “I shall dwell where these eyes shall see my Master and Savior.”

Raised under the strong influence of his mother, Herbert became an important scholar. He taught for many years at Cambridge University where his writing skills were honed and where he authored many poems. As he aged, his poems spoke more about his faith.

One of his most influential poems was called “The Windows,” considered to be a masterpiece. Herbert sought to express how the light of the Gospel can shine through human vessels even though we are imperfect.

Herbert knew no one was perfectly pure and that man “is a brittle, crazy glass.” Yet the miracle is that God still can make each of us into a window through which God’s grace can shine.

The Bible urges us to allow His light to shine through us, through everything we say and do beacons of His love, mercy, and grace. We should use our resources to help reach the nations with the Gospel.

Turn your heart toward Him. Take advantage of the opportunities He gives you. And while you have breath, allow Him to shine His light through you.

Reflection Question: Do the windows of your life need to be cleaned?

Prayer
Father, I want to be a window for Your light to shine through. Use my time, talents, and treasures for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
1 John 2

Prayer
Father, I want to be a window for Your light to shine through. Use my time, talents, and treasures for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
1 John 2