Made to be the Moon

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We’ve all heard the old saying “you’re not the center of the universe” and we can easily understand the concept. But can we believe we really aren’t the sun and we’re actually made to be moons?

Let’s nerd out for a minute. The moon cannot shine without the sun; the light we see from the moon is merely a reflection of the sun. Just a reflection. If we’re not the sun, we’re the moons. Created to reflect the light of Christ. 

“So God created man in his own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27, English Standard Version)

When God created man, He did so in His image, just as scripture tells us. God wants to see himself reflected in us as if He were looking into a mirror. But because of sin, this doesn’t happen in the way a mirror reflects the same image. The moon, however, is a different rock made of different materials, with a different purpose; yet, it still reflects light. 

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things were created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:15-16, ESV)

We were created through Him and for Him. Our purpose here is to glorify our Creator. The simplest way to do that is to reflect Christ to those around us. Reflecting Christ isn’t always easy, but that’s what God created us, in His image, to do!

“Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.” (1 Corinthians 15:49. ESV)

If you were around in the 90s, the popular WWJD saying emerged. “What would Jesus do?” This was a simple reminder for people to live more Christlike. There were shirts and hats, but mostly little bracelets so that the wearer could look down throughout the day for the reminder. Yes, the 90s were filled with silly things, but what if we thought this way today? What if we constantly thought about how our actions could reflect Christ’s image?

The easiest way to let other’s see the light of Christ is to reflect that light in our own lives. To be a moon, while He is the sun. We’re made in His image but because of sin, we fall short. Thankfully God’s love, grace, and mercy fill the gap. So maybe the first step of reflecting that light is to display the love, grace, and mercy that is gifted to us. 

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.