I WOULD like to use the moon as an illustration of this week’s message.
The moon has no life or light of its own; the light we see is only a reflection of the sun. Mankind’s spiritual condition is much the same. Ephesians 2:1 says that we were dead in our transgressions and sins.
Speaking about the Lord Jesus Christ, John 1:4 says: “In him was life, and that life was the light of men.” When we become His followers, we “will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
In Him we now have spiritual life and begin to reflect His glory. As the moon moves slowly and steadily into the light of the sun, the brighter it becomes, until we see the splendour of the full moon in the evening sky.
In theology this process of being changed is called sanctification. It is aptly described in 2 Corinthians 3:18. It says, “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.” We are being transformed into His likeness!
The Potter requires us to be submissive and obedient in order for Him to fashion us into the vessel He desires. Sanctification is primarily the work of the Holy Spirit, but reading the Bible, prayer and fellowship are also imperatives for spiritual growth.
When the earth comes between the sun and the moon, the shadow of the earth can cause a total eclipse of the moon. We need to be careful that love for the world does not cast a shadow over our testimony.
Similar to the moon, our life and light is only a reflection of the Son!
Quotations from New International Version