Christians reflect light of Jesus
THE Earth has only one moon, so mystical and fascinating as it passes through the night sky.
Its luminance is only a reflection of the sun, for it has no light of its own. The waxing and waning of the moon causes the different phases from new moon to full moon.
A dead and lifeless “rock” reflecting the glorious light of the sun. We Christians are much the same in every way!
We were all dead in our trespasses and sins, walking in darkness, until the Lord came into our lives. “In him was life, and that life was the light of men” (John 1:4).
The Bible says that we are now the light of the world, but we are in reality only a reflection of the Son. What we are is only because of Him.
If the Lord says that we need to let our light shine before men, we need to consider its brightness.
Like the waxing of the moon, there ought to be a growth process in our spiritual lives.
Our lives change as we grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
The waning of the moon is a reminder of a Christian who is losing his or her commitment and zeal; lukewarmness dispelling more and more of the light within.
We need to guard against this, for it often creeps up slowly and imperceptibly.
A lamp is not placed under a bowl, so “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
from New International Version