“What is to give light must endure burning.”
~ Viktor Frankl
A candle burns to create light. The sun burns to shower light on its solar system.
Through burning, the wax of the candle is transformed into light that brightens its environment. The same happens with the sun. To shine, these producers of light give up their material form.
Jesus said he was the light of the world. His “light” was the spirituality he lived and demonstrated. To let this light shine, he had to give up all materiality. He gave up any attachment to this world to have Life in Spirit.
From a physical point of view, it looked like he lost everything with the crucifixion and desertion of his followers. It looked like he really “got burned,” as current slang may articulate his plight. But in the end, he lost nothing and gained everything—spiritual life forever at-one with God.
We have Jesus’ example to follow. We must not fear “being burned.” What we give up materially, prepares us to gain spiritually. What we have with God, is far superior to anything the world could ever offer.
So, have no fear of trials and challenges. They are occasions of “burning” that serve to take away material mindedness that may be holding you back. But as material sense is given up, and spiritual sense embraced, the realities of God will enlighten your consciousness and lift your thought and experience higher to God. Your light will shine brighter. You will be blessed, and everyone around you.