Today we talk about the parallels between the moon and the Christian.
We all know that this world is dark with pain, grief, evil and wickedness.
John 3:19 ... men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
We know that Jesus said that He is the Light of the World.
John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
We then, as Christians are the "lesser light," like the moon. The moon makes no light itself. What we see from earth is the moon reflecting the light from the sun back to us. Without Jesus we have nothing to give this world. We have no wisdom, no knowledge, no light outside of Him. It is the Christian's job, not to produce his or her own light, but to get into an orbit where he or she can reflect the light of Jesus back into this dark world.
The second thing we realize concerning the moon is that sometimes the light from the sun cannot get to the moon because the earth is in the way. It is what we call a lunar eclipse. Many times in the life of a Christian the cares of this world and the things of this earth come between us and God. During those times when our focus is pulled away from Christ we cannot reflect His light.
Mark 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
The third thing that we realize about the moon is that it has influence. We call it gravity. It is this gravity that pulls the oceans and is responsible for tides. As Christians we have a certain amount of gravity or influence. There is a circle of people who will, to one extent or another, listen to us and follow us.
The question then is, "What are we doing with the influence that we have, and are we reflecting the light of Jesus into that circle of influence?"