The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
John the Baptist well knew who he was.
"Then said they unto him, Who art thou, that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness" (John 1:22-23).
John realized he existed to represent and speak not for himself, but for Another. He was "a voice" rather than a source. This is actually the case for all.
"All live unto Him… Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" (Luke 20:38; I Corinthians 10:31).
Whether we know it or not, and whether we believe or disbelieve, we exist to serve as moons who reflect the sun (or rather, the Son). Of course, the vast majority of humanity has no idea this is the case, being blinded by sin regarding the reason for our being. Until we trust the Lord Jesus Christ, we do not know our purpose of existing to represent Him. Even after we believe, great challenge awaits us in consistently remembering and affirming our high calling to reflect the Savior in our thoughts, attitudes, demeanor, words, actions, and relating to God and others. "We are ambassadors for Christ" (II Corinthians 5:20).
This truth will change our lives as we more and more realize and assimilate it into heart and mind. It will change this day. No greater peace ensues than the tranquility of knowing we can end the foolish pursuit of seeking attention for ourselves, determining rather to devote ourselves to the honor of the Lord Jesus. No self-respecting moon ever sought to shine its own non existent light. "If the light which is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" (Matthew 6:23). We must seek to absorb and reflect the light of Another. Thereby, we step into truth and reality, and thereby peace fills our hearts and flows through us unto others.
We can close in no better way than to let the Psalmist enlighten us in one of the greatest of all Biblical prayers. And let us pray it with him as moons seeking to reflect their Son…
"Not unto us, o Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy and Thy truth's sake."
Weekly Memory Verse
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints