Friday, April 22, 2011

Reflecting the Light Parable

Genesis 1:1-4
Ephesians 5:8-21
Psalm 89:33-37
1 John 2:7-11

Often paddlers enjoy paddling in the evening under a full moon. Often this subdued light allows paddlers to see where they are going and offers a quiet trip with few distractions that are often found during the daytime. As Christians we should be reflecting the light of Christ in the world just as the moon reflects the light of the sun.

The moon has fascinated people throughout recorded history. It is always changing; sometimes entirely dark, other times a scant sliver of light, and at other times so big and bright that you can read in its intense glow. It creates the waves and oceans roar which we associate with great power and it controls the tides. In spite of all this, it has no life or light of its own and very little gravity. All if the moon’s glory, which has endeared it to philosophers, romantics, and poets, is simply a reflection of the sun which shines upon it. It is only as an indication of the amount of sunlight hitting its surface that the moon lights the earth. Without the power and love of Jesus, man is just like the moon without the power of the sun. Man is nothing apart from Jesus Christ and the moon is just dirt suspended in the air apart from the sun’s glory.

Jesus must shine on and in us for us to have lives filled with light. Our desire each day should be that more of God’s light will shine from our lives than the day before. Just as there is no adequate way to describe a full harvest moon, there is no glory to compare with that of God’s people when they are living the abundant spirit-filled Christian life promised by our creator. Starting today, try being a full moon and shine God’s love and kindness on everyone around you whether they are a friend or enemy.

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