I was trying to light a candle the other day, and it would not light. It wasn’t at the end either–you know where the wick meets the metal. This candle was fairly new. The wax had built up and would not allow the fire to burn.
The Lord showed me that in my own walk with Him I had allowed some wax to build up in certain areas. I was not able to fulfill the purposes He has for me with the build up of wax in my life.
You see the wick’s purpose is to burn–but it cannot fulfill its purpose covered in wax.
Definition of wax: A plastic, dull, yellow substance secreted by bees for building cells; beeswax; hard when cold and easily molded when warm. Used for candles, modeling, etc. Love, love, love this definition of wax. Let me tell you why.
It is hard when cold and easily molded when warm. Kind of like our hearts. When we are cold toward the things of God, we are not easily molded. When we are warm or even hot–watch out world, because it is then, and only then, the Lord can shape and mold us.
Psalm 97:5 The mountains melt like wax before the Presence of the Lord So here’s the thing, we don’t ever want to get legalistic about our walk with the Lord. Everyone has been called to walk their own walk.
What is it today that’s causing your wick to be covered by wax? What’s stopping you from burning bright for the Lord Jesus Christ?
For some, you might just need to get back to reading the Word and letting the Lord change you through His Word. For others, you need to put Him first in your life again. Start setting aside some time in your week to turn on the praise and worship music and sing a new song to Him. As we do these daily disciplines–not out of obligation but out out of a love for Him–we will notice (and others will too!) a light burning on the inside that cannot help but shine.
MATTHEW 5:16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
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Celeste Barnard, guest post