A Window for God’s Light

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries3 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

English poet and clergyman George Herbert was born on this day in 1593 in central Wales. 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 he created many poems, which often focused on his Christian faith.

One of his most influential poems was called “The Windows,” considered by scholars to be a masterpiece. Even while knowing that no person is perfect, Herbert knew the light of the Gospel can shine through anyone, any vessel of flesh.

He wrote this poem in the form of a prayer, asking, “Lord, how can man preach thy eternal word?” Herbert knew that none of us is 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 thy grace.”

As he approached death, his focus turned more toward his realization that he would be spending eternity with God. His last words were, “I shall be free from sin and all the temptations and anxieties that attend it. I shall dwell where these eyes shall see my Master and Savior.”

Ask God to help you be a window through which He can shine His Light. Seek to be transparent, that the purity of the Gospel might radiate the world around you. Be a beacon of His love, mercy, and grace. And demonstrate that you have the right priorities by dedicating your resources to serve Him.

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


Prayer: Father, I want to be a window for Your Light to shine for all to see. Forgive my sins, and help me to be a pure vessel. Use my time, talent, and treasure for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.