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Ephesians 5:13-14 – But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." (NIV)
When I retrieved a sweet potato from my storage bin in the kitchen, there were shoots of new growth protruding from all over it.
"No good for food," I said. "I paid more for that potato in the market than I've ever done in the past. This humble little yam was once one of the cheapest foods. Now it is an expensive commodity. I hate to throw it away."
"Grow a decorative vine from it," my friend said.
I put the many-eyed potato in a shallow container of water and placed it in my kitchen window.
Almost immediately, the new life protruding from the potato eyes began to grow. Today, I have a lovely vine growing in my kitchen widow. Its many shoots are going in different directions and will soon fill the window, if not moved to more spacious surroundings.
This potato vine's transformation brought me new understanding of how the Spirit of Christ works in our lives to bring renewal and growth. All this potato needed was a helping hand and light to transform it into a vine of beauty to be enjoyed by people viewing it.
The light of Christ brings changes into our lives, just as the water and the light transformed the potato. It takes someone who cares to help God bring about the transformation.
God asks for our help in bringing others to the light of Christ. Just a little effort on our part is all that's needed. God will do the rest.
Prayer: Lord, let Your light shine on us today, and help us to bring Your light to others. Amen.