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Be The Moon

26 Sep

A post from several years ago about reflecting the light of Christ.

14“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hiddenMatthew 5:14

Several years ago God allowed me to experientially learn more about just how to be His light.  I was driving south down Interstate 35 in Oklahoma late one Friday night after getting off work.  I had to go home, do my laundry, pack, and then hurry back to Shawnee for work the following afternoon, then I was leaving that Sunday night to go to Winter Park, Colorado to ski for three days.  I had a lot on my mind that night as I drove south towards my hometown.  As I looked out the window, I noticed how bright the moon was.  It was a full moon that night.  As I gazed at it God began to speak to me.  The moon has no source of light in and of itself; it simply reflects the light of the sun.  I began to consider how this applied to me as a Christian and how I should live as reflecting the light of God.  That night when I arrived home, I was amazed at being taught by God in this way and I was still processing this concept early the following week.  Just over 48 hours later on Sunday night I had met my friend Jeremy and the youth from his church in Norman, and we left for Colorado.  We stopped at a McDonalds around 5:30 the next morning for breakfast.  It was my turn to drive after that, so we headed out west from Salina towards Denver along Interstate 70.  I was the only one awake in the van, and I had several moments to revisit my time with God from a couple of nights back.  As I watched the moon sink lower in the sky, I noticed several astonishing things.  The higher the sun rose, the more the moon faded into the sky; it ceased to be visible and just started blending into the surroundings.  You see the moon only gives off light in darkness.  The closer it is to the sun, the brighter it shines in the darkness.  In the presence of the sun it fades.  It allows the sun to have the glory it is due.  In fact, when in the presence, of the sun the moon is only visible because of the intense brightness of the sun.

If we, as Christians, are going to be light in the world, we must display the same principles.  We must seek to reflect the light of Christ.  We have to reflect the light from Him into the dark places in the world.  We cannot be the source of light ourselves, simply the reflecting agent.  When we come into His presence we must fade and allow the true light to shine.

Today I encourage you to reflect Him into the dark places around you.  Let His light shine your path as you seek to leave Him behind.

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Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Bible, Culture, Life

 

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