More Than a Lighthouse


Chances are you can easily recognize this figure and know that it is a symbol of liberty and freedom. What you may not know is that during its first 16 years, on what is now known as Liberty Island, it served as an official lighthouse. Following its inauguration in 1886, the Statue of Liberty was under the supervision of the United States Lighthouse Board and functioned as a navigational aid for ships entering the New York harbor. Unfortunately, its mariner guiding days came to an end in 1902 when it was turned over to the War Department. Then in 1933 the National Park Service took over its administration and has made of Lady Liberty one of the most visited attractions in the U.S.A.

Jesus said that we are the light of the world, a city on a hill whose lights cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14). In some of my previous devotions, I have used the analogy of a lighthouse to help you understand how we can actually be the light that Jesus refers to in Matthew 5. But when I consider how the Statue of Liberty has served, not only as a beacon, but also as an inspiring symbol of freedom, friendship, independence, and patriotism, I think of how much more than a lighthouse you and I truly are. 

Like a lighthouse, we shine the light of Christ’s salvation on a world that is darkened by sin, but we can do more than that. Because of God’s grace we can be a testimony of true freedom by living a life free of guilt and condemnation. A life that is filled with the peace and the joy of our Lord. We can model genuine friendship by intentionally caring for others and putting our neighbor’s needs before ours. We can declare our spiritual independence from this world by not conforming to it and by being transformed (daily) into the image of Christ. Plus, we can show real patriotism not only by celebrating our country’s commendable victories but also by mournfully praying for it in recognition of its moral and spiritual shortcomings.

We have a lot in common with the Statue of Liberty. We were created to be more than a lighthouse!

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to live in the freedom you have granted me through faith in Christ, to genuinely love and care for those around me, and to strengthen my dependence on you. Have mercy on our nation and turn its heart towards you. May I continue to be the light that leads others to your salvation. In Jesus name I pray, amen. 

 “For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” -Acts 13:47 (ESV)
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” -John 8:36
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” -Philippians 2:3-4
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” -Romans 12:2
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” -Jeremiah 29:7
  -All Scripture is quoted from the NIV except where specified.

11 thoughts on “More Than a Lighthouse

  1. Very interesting information. I love how you wrote, “Because of God’s grace we can be a testimony of true freedom by living a life free of guilt and condemnation. A life that is filled with the peace and the joy of our Lord.” I am so grateful to our Father, God, he has been able to give us both this freedom! Love you, your wife, Mari.

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  2. I love it Joe! Your words reminded me of the lyrics to an old gospel song, made popular by The Cathedral Quartet: Our Statue of Liberty. Here is just one of the choruses: “I’m so glad to be called a Christian, To be named with the ransomed and whole; As the statue liberates the citizen, So the cross liberates my soul.”

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  3. Oh wow, I never knew it was a lighthouse at one time, but that is neat, I guess it would make sense. Thanks for sharing the info about Lady Liberty. I am glad only freedom is in Christ. When Christ sets you free, you are free indeed. Just think the darker the world gets the brighter that the light of Christ will shine. Again thanks for sharing. God Bless.

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