The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"As Glass To Light"
When the first Apollo astronauts returned to earth with samples of moon dust, scientists were amazed by the amount of silicon found in the dust. Of course, the fact now seems obvious since the moon serves to reflect the light of the sun, and silicon comprises a primary component of glass, an incredibly effective reflector of light.
"As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world… Ye are the light of the world" (John 9:5; Matthew 5:14).
While the the Lord Jesus Christ lived His earthly life, He reflected the light of His Father. "He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father" (John 14:9). The Lord Jesus now spiritually walks the earth in those who trust Him. "I will dwell in them and walk in them" (II Corinthians 6:16). Thus, we serve to reflect the light of the Son. He is the light, and He lives in us through the Holy Spirit to make possible our reflective potential and attributes. Like the Lord Jesus said of His representing the Father, we want it to be true of ourselves that people see the glory of the Son reflected in us.
"Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27).
To what "hope of glory" does the Apostle Paul refer? He answers in his epistle to the Philippians: "My earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death" (Philippians 1:20). Paul desired that God's glory would be revealed in him and reflected through Him, as empowered by the Spirit of the indwelling Christ. He viewed himself as the moon to the sun, and as glass to light. "We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake" (II Corinthians 4:5).
We must also know this about ourselves. As believers, we exist to absorb and reflect the light of Christ to our particular sphere of influence. Be it our countenance, demeanor, attitudes, words, or actions, all serve as spiritual silicon through which our Lord's glory can be seen and magnified. We trust and submit to Him for this holy and heart-filling purpose, being confident He will will lead us by the Holy Spirit to "shine as lights in the world" (Philippians 2:15). Such hope, such "hope of glory," fulfills the reason for our eternal existence, and the blessed calling of this very day. Let us give thanks for so great a privilege, and so serious a responsibility. And let us be confident that the Son who so reflected the Father will be so reflected in us by our serving as glass to light…
"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light."
Weekly Memory Verse
We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake."
(II Corinthians 4:5)