This week I would like to blog about an analogy that was part of my message on Sunday that received a lot of favorable feedback. I was preaching from the 8th chapter of John’s gospel this week focusing primarily on Jesus’ words, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life”, (v.12 NIV). I pointed out what appears to be a contradiction with the 5th chapter of Matthew’s gospel where Jesus says, “you are the light of the world. A city on hill cannot be hidden”, (v.14 NIV). So who’s the light; Jesus or us? Well I shared an illustration that I believe perfectly reconciles these 2 statements. It’s a simple illustration but people seemed to connect with it.
I shared how the moon is just a big ball of dirt. There is no element of itself that gives off light. Yet nightly the moon lights the sky, sometimes with beautiful fullness. How does it do this? It reflects the sun. That is a perfect illustration of how we are to reflect Jesus to our world. Jesus is the light of the world but when you and I walk in close communion with Him and follow Him in obedience we should be shining His light before others in this dark world. In the Matthew passage Jesus goes on to say, “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (v.15-16 NIV). We are just dirt but when we reflect Jesus, God is glorified through us. That’s what it means for us to be the light of the world.
One lady told me after hearing this analogy that she will never be able to view the moon again in the same way. Let the moon be a reminder that we have a responsibility to reflect Jesus out into a dark and dying world. I think the next time I look up at a full moon and start to say, “What a beautiful moon”, I need to ask myself am I reflecting the light of Jesus into my world? I’m just a ball of dirt but with Jesus I can truly shine and so can you. How about you? Are you reflecting the Son in your words, thoughts and deeds? Can people see Jesus in you? Just a thought, hoped you’re encouraged to shine your light!
All for Christ,