Jul 4, 2013

Be the Moon

Have you ever considered the moon?  It has no light of it's own you know - the only reason we can see it is because of reflected sunlight.

In keeping with that thought....we are called to be a light, His light, in this dark world.  But do I actually spread His light around?  Am I the moon, reflecting the Son?




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I want to be...and try to be....but wonder just how well I am doing this.  I believe that if you asked most people who know me, they'd say I was a decent enough person...most of the time. *wink*  But is that all there is to it? 

Not too long ago I heard this quote;
 
"The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person
who can do him absolutely no good."



It makes me stop to take measure of all 'my doing goods'.  Do I do them for Him or for myself?  It is Christ's light that we are to be reflecting - that perfect, self sacrificing love, light.  Jesus came and paid the ultimate price - and what could we offer Him in return?  Absolutely nothing, nothing good.....that about sums it up!  We are called to live as He lived - to love, with a dying to self, sacrificial, it's not about me, love - no matter who may be on the receiving end.

Yes, including that person who cut me off in traffic.

Yes, including that person who butted in line.

Yes, including people who play their stereo too loud on a Sunday afternoon.

Yes, even including the telemarketers.


How we respond to people is a reflection of who we truly are...or who is truly at the center of who we are.  The impression we leave with people is what speaks about our character.  And that should reflect Christ and His love.  Charles Spurgeon puts it well here, in a sermon from 1876;
 
I think you may judge of a man’s character by the persons whose affection he seeks.
 If you find a man seeking only the affection of those who are great, depend upon it he is ambitious and self-seeking; but when you observe that a man seeks the affection of those who can do nothing for him, but for whom he must do everything, you know that he is not seeking himself,
 but that pure benevolence sways his heart.



Our purpose in this life is to point people to Christ - to His sacrificial work on the cross and to His bringing of reconciliation between us sinners and our glorious heavenly Father.  Jesus told His disciples in the book of Matthew that we are to first love God and after that to love others;
 
Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” -Matthew 22:36-40

It is our greatest calling, to love like Jesus loves.  To live this life fully and completely like Him, denying ourselves for the sake of others and to love them- no matter what they have done to us, can do for us or what it will gain us.

And I will say, it is challenging - it is why we need His grace...daily....hourly....minute by minute some days!  It is through His grace that we can really see people and love them, despite their sins - for we are all sinners, despite their short comings, for we each suffer in some way and mostly, despite ourselves.

I think it's why the moon has phases too, to better illustrate us as people and our attempts to live a God glorifying life.

There are times when we are strong in the word, walking close to God and being a full face of His glory.  We are a full moon, shining bright, leading others in the dark, pointing them right back to Him.  And there are times when we are either growing or decreasing in this amount of glory - shining not as bright but still reflecting out His light and love.  And then there are times, for whatever reasons may come, when our face is dark and we are not reflecting His goodness outwards.  It does not mean we are in the dark ourselves, having turned from God or anything of the like; it is just that we are not reflecting for Him, not sending His light out for others, not giving them the light they need to find their way in this dark world.

It is in these times when we need to refocus on our Light source.
 
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying,
“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness,
 but will have the light of life.” -John 8:12

In these times of darkness, we need to remember it is His light that we reflect out - the only light that will light the way.  When there is no moon then it is a good time to spend seeking the Son.  All of our character traits, how we respond and react to others should reflect Christ. And as a moon we have no light of our own - but we can reflect that most glorious light - His sacrificial and unending love!  That is a light to brighten any darkness and the only light worth reflecting to people.

When we encounter others, be it in person, by phone, social media or a stranger passing by - we need to be the best moon we can be and shine that glorious light out to all of them. 








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So go on, moon someone!






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3 comments:

  1. Good thoughts! I have experienced your 'moonlight'. Keep reflecting Him. Love you, MAG

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  2. Hey, hey...don't moon me! please!

    BUT I certainly do get what you saying.

    I love these thoughts and the Charles Spurgeon Quote. Wow!

    Good stuff to think about - for sure!

    Do you know the child's (older) Sunday School song - "I'll be a Sunbeam for Him"..? I think I now'll want to sing it - "I'll be a Moon-beam for Him".

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  3. What challenging and good thoughts, Kaitlin. It's interesting to think about what it means not just to love someone, but to reflect the love of God Himself onto others. It's easy to let "self" get in the way of that, isn't it? I am thankful that it is God's desire to keep on sanctifying us so we can do this more and more...without Him, where would we be!

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