Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Oil for my Light

The summer has been a busy one for us. I have often found myself tired and just plain worn-out. So I have cherished my times of quiet in the mornings before the day takes off. This summer, I have been enjoying, in addition to my daily Bible reading, going through Morning & Evening by Charles Spurgeon.

This week (August 28) I read the following devotional:

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“Oil for the light” (Exodus 25:6)

My soul, how much you need this! Your lamp will not continue to burn long without it. You have no oil well springing up in your human nature. Even the consecrated lamps could not give light without oil. Under the most happy circumstances you cannot give light for another hour unless fresh oil of grace is given you. Not every oil could be used in the Lord’s service. Neither the petroleum which exudes so plentifully from the earth nor the produce of fishes nor that extracted from nuts would be accepted. Only the best olive oil was selected. Pretended grace from natural goodness or imaginary grace from outward ceremonies will never serve the true saint of God. He knows that the Lord would not be pleased with these. He goes to the olive-press of Gethsemane and draws his supplies from Him who was crushed therein. The oil of gospel grace is pure, and hence the light which is fed thereon is clear and bright. Our churches are the Savior’s golden candelabra. If they are to be lights in this dark world, they must have much holy oil. Let us pray for ourselves, our ministers, and our churches, that they may never lack oil for the light. Truth, holiness, joy, knowledge, and love are all beams of the sacred light. But we cannot exemplify them unless we receive oil from God the Holy Spirit in private.

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