The moon vs. the man

The other night, I enjoyed watching a stellar full moon rising.  It was awesome!  Bright, big and beautiful it claimed its territory in the sky. It’s reflection lit the ground so brightly that I could almost see without the use of lighting. There are lots of people who are superstitious when it comes to the moon.  I was reminded of a sermon that I preached several years ago.  I thought you might enjoy this simple, but poignant reminder.

First, the moon is a direct reflection of the sun.  It casts no light of its own.  It only shines as it is reflecting the brightness of light that is from another source.  This speaks to us in a powerful way as believers.  We should be a bright reflection of the SON. We have no light that is generated from our own power. We take no pride in our own “brightness.”  Just as the moon lights of the darkness of the night sky, we are challenged with bringing God’s reflected light into a dark world. We know the sun exists, even in the night, because we see its brightness reflected on the moon. People that come in contact with us should know that the SON exists because they see Him reflected in our eyes, hearts, actions, and words.

Secondly, the moon has a specific attraction the the earth. The moon is given credit for controlling the tides of the seas and oceans. Many nurses and doctors will even tell you that they see changed in the health of people as the moon cycles.   Even in public, it seems that people become louder, bolder and a little more on edge. It is also common knowledge in the medical field that more babies are born during a full moon than any other time of the month. The message to us as believers is this: our presence in this world should attract people to the work of the SON.  If we are living the bold and bright life that He has called us into, it will draw men to Him. Also, the brighter we shine, the more likely people will be to find their new birth into His Kingdom (this is a point that I love).

Lastly, (now that you know where I am going with this, see if you can guess how this relates to us as Christians) The moon goes through phases of being full, and not so full…  When the moon is only partly shining, there is a reason why. It is only reflecting a partial reflection when the Earth gets in the way.  And eventually the Earth will fully block the reflection of the sun completely. What happens to us when the world gets in the way of our reflection of Jesus? Our light becomes dimmed.  When we become distracted by sin, business, or other things that don’t matter, then we do not shine the way we were intended to.  We, in effect, have hidden our light under a bushel.  Here is what the Scripture has to say:

Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT)

 14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

This is a simple but fun way to be reminded of what we are all about!  And if you feel like a misfit, be reminded that the moon is alone in the sky… but behind it the heavens are filled with support.

Don’t let Satan blow it out!

There you have it.  Truth wins!

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~ by Scott Herrin on August 15, 2011.

3 Responses to “The moon vs. the man”

  1. Just beautiful, Scott! Thank you for sharing with all of us!

  2. Love this blog!

  3. Wow! I have always marveled at a full moon and the stars and planets. I will never look at this the same way again but with even more awe. That God has blessed us with day-to-day (night-to-night) reminders of His Invinite Love and Sacrifice should be enough, but He goes even a step further and places us in the path of someone that can point us to those reminders. Thanks Scott!

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