“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
The other night, I went outside at about 11pm. There was a beautiful full moon, shining on the sea, lighting up all the fields and hedgerows around our house with a soft light. I love those beautiful night skies.
At night, where we live it can be really dark in the wintertime. We live in the countryside and there are very few street lights. When it’s a particularly dark night, just a little bit of moonlight makes all the difference. When there’s a full moon, it lights up everything!
Sometimes when I’m caught up in the moment, I forget that although the moon looks beautiful and gives the impression that
it’s shining, it actually isn’t; all it’s really doing is reflecting the incredible light that comes from the sun.
The moon itself is dull, and has no source of light of its own. Any light the moon gives – or seems to give, comes solely from the sun.
“We are just like the Moon”
In a similar way to the moon, we have no beauty or light in and of ourselves; our only source of light is the image we reflect from the Son – Jesus, the Son of God.
In this dark world, people are desperate for some hope, some light. And as followers of Jesus we are carriers of that hope!
Just in the same way that the moon reflects the light of the sun and gives light in the darkness, we are to reflect the light of The Son and bring light to this dark world.
Jesus said in Matthew 5 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father”
Someone once said to me “Your life may be the only ‘Bible’ some of the people in your circle will ever read”. Those words really impacted me and have stayed with me for years.
1 Peter 2:9
“you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others thegoodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
How Do We Reflect Jesus?
The more time we spend with Jesus, the more like Him we will become.
Look at any long-time married couple – they start to pick up one another’s mannerisms, speech patterns and even in many cases start to look uncannily like each other.
We get to know Jesus through reading His Word and spending time in His company. Talking to Him, and more importantly, listening to Him.
When I daily ‘consume’ God’s Word and allow Him to change me into His image, the more His Word will reflect through my life – people will begin to see His image and character shining through.
“Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.”
Psalm 34:5 says that “Those who look to him are radiant”
When I read my Bible asking God to come and teach me, change me and make me more like Jesus, God responds.
It’s a two-way thing – we ‘gaze on the glory of God’, in other words, spend time reading His Word and reflecting on what He says, and He transforms our hearts; We begin to look more and more like Jesus and this will spill over into our day-to-day living. The character of Jesus will eclipse ours, more and more.
Amazingly, you and I are called to be part of God’s plan! His plan is to take ordinary people us and transform our (yielded) hearts into His likeness, and then to reflect His glory through us; in our day to day encounters with people, our attitudes, our behaviours, our countenance and our choice of words.
Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Matthew 28:19 ”Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[b] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”,
Satan’s main focus is on keeping unbelievers blinded to the Glory and beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Keeping Christians blind to who they are called to be is one of the ways he does this!
“For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”.
2 Corinthians 4:5–6
We are all called and commissioned – every single one of us – to be Ambassadors of the Kingdom of God.
As a Follower of Jesus you and I have been fully commissioned accredited and equipped by Him to take His incredible message of hope into this dark world.
Let’s be bringers of hope today. Let’s reflect His Light, life and glory.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7 <For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.”
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