Friday, September 4, 2015

"Spiritual Silicon"

     The Apollo astronauts returned samples of moondust that revealed the lunar surface to contain more than 20% silicon, the chief component of glass.  This is just what we would expect in the light of the Biblical record.

    "God made two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night… and God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth" (Genesis 1:16-17).

    The Lord created the "lesser light", the moon, to possess no inherent illumination, but rather to reflect the light of the sun.  Its glassy, silicon-covered surface serves as the perfect medium for the moon's God-ordained purpose of absorbing and reflecting light.  In similar manner, born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ exist to spiritual and morally absorb the light of the Lord Jesus Christ, and then to reflect it to our particular spheres of influence.  "I am the Light of the world" declared our Savior of Himself.  "Ye are the light of the world" said the Savior to His trusting disciples (John 8:12; Matthew 5:14).  We are composed of spiritual silicon, as it were, and thus redeemed by the Lord Jesus from the futility of seeking to be light in and of ourselves.  "The way of man is not in himself.  It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps" (Jeremiah 10:23).

    Great rest descends upon us when we realize our role as moons rather than suns.  "He that is entered into His rest hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His" (Hebrews 4:10).  However, great challenge also lies before us.  The law of sin that still inhabits our flesh yearns for autonomy and self-importance.  "The flesh lusteth against the spirit" (Romans 7:25; Galatians 5:17).  Moreover, our spiritual enemies tempt us to serve as our own light, leading to the aforementioned futility.  "If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" (Matthew 6:23).  We must therefore continually direct our hearts and minds toward "the true Light" in order to be reminded of the spiritual silicon that comprises our humanity and reason for being.  Yes, we are moons, not suns.  Christ is the Light.  We are His lamps.  This is rest.  This is peace.  This is truth.  This is reality.  And this is life, the life of the Son that illuminates all who humble themselves to serve as His reflection.

"They shall walk, o Lord, in the light of Thy countenance."
(Psalm 89:15)

Weekly Memory Verse
   I cried unto Thee, o Lord, I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.
(Psalm 142:5)

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