Chris­tians re­flect light of Je­sus

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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

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