I was thinking about the moon the other night. It was magnificently full and bright. For a moment, I pondered how incredible it is. As I was contemplating this, I realized that the moon is of no use to us, if it weren’t reflecting the sun that brightly lights it’s surface. The moon supplies what we need, because the sun provides it with the light and warmth it needs to accomplish this. We are very much the same. If we aren’t reflecting the Son, we cannot offer the life enriching benefits that the Son of God has given us.
This is one of my favorite quotes by Corrie Ten Boom:
“Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.”
I think we all want to accomplish the Lord’s work in our lives. Sometimes mistakenly, we think that means accomplishing goals. It actually probably means God giving us exactly what we need to grow closer to Him and take on the qualities that He possesses. In a world that constantly encourages the promotion of one’s self and striving to convince the world we are useful and important; we can widely miss the mark. The goal is not to make something of ourselves and build our own kingdom. The goal is to make ourselves more like Jesus and to be a builder of the Kingdom of God. If we can take on the character trails and love of Jesus, we will accept His direction and His will can be accomplished. If I step back and look at Jesus’ example to the Apostles and His followers, He taught us how to live according to God’s laws and He never accepted credit for the goodness He reflected. He told them to look to the source of good and light. That is where the praise should be directed.
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
We cannot set an example representing The Kingdom of Heaven, or accomplish God’s will, without our number one priority being to draw close to God and become more like Him. We are not the source of light. We are only a reflection of God’s light. We are the moon. We are not the Son, but we can reflect the light and warmth of His love and character to the world. In this new year, that is my resolution. I pray you each feel the warmth and light of God’s love.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.