Jesus said “Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.” (Luke 11:36) The purpose of this light, the Bible teaches us, is for the illumination of others. It is not a spotlight making me stand out for my own glory but it is to be reflected light that shines into the darkness and onto others so that they might revel in the Source of the light.
This morning while out walking the dogs I was able to view the magnificence of the tail end of the lunar eclipse. In one of crystal clear mornings that follow the evening showers, the moon shined bright and clear just above the 14,000 foot peaks of the Rockies that would swallow it up moments before the sun made its presence known above the unending flat line of the Plains to the east. Last night, the full moon was shadowed by the Earth’s bisection of the light coming from the Sun reducing its luminosity and marring the full display of its beauty.
As followers of Jesus we perform in much the same way that the Moon does; we reflect the light of the Son to the world. In some cases though we allow objects to come in between us and the Son and the shadow that these things create is evident in the diminished light that we reflect. As we meditate on the quality of our light, the Spirit brings to our minds those things in our light that are casting shadows. With His guidance and help we can rid ourselves of these shadow creators and return our light to full power, much as the moon will appear tomorrow night. Shine brightly!