How is your reflection?

Jesus during his last pre-resurrection week was in Jerusalem… the prophetic triumphal entry had occurred… and He is about to institute the Lord’s Supper- communion, prior to being arrested and crucified.

But with all this going on, He continues to be The Rabbi- The Teacher… and we read in John 12: 45-46 He taught ” He who sees Me sees the One who sent me. I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.”

The light that was shining in darkness was Father God’s love for humanity being reflected by Jesus into this sinful, dark world.

And in much the same way, Christians are told to be lights in this world…  as our Teacher and Savior said in Matthew 5:14-16… “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. That is our calling as Christians- to be reflectors of Christs love for the world to the glory of Father God in heaven.

It is very much the same as the moon reflecting the sun’s light to the earth at night… that is how we are to be in this world.

But, we don’t always see the moon… sometimes there is no moon… sometimes just a sliver, other times a half-moon… why is that? It all depends upon how much of the earth- the world… is blocking the sun.

Light in the bible refers to holiness or purity (1 John 1:5) and darkness refers to sin or wrongdoing (1 Thessalonians 5:4-7). And the world is a synonym for sin.

It is the same way with Christians… the reflection… the light… that we shine for Jesus in this world depends upon how much of the world… with all its rebellious pride… is blocking out the Son in our lives. 

We can not reflect the love of Jesus to the glory of God… if the world is in the way- it just is not possible.

So my question today Christian… how is your reflection? If it is not as bright as you like or would want… then die to the world and live in complete alignment with the Lord! And we do that through confession, repentance and surrender.

I myself, do not want to just be a falling star for Jesus… I want to burn like a supernova until the Lord calls me home! Hope you do too:-).

 

Waiting At The Well…

Here is an interesting thought (at least it was for me)… There is consistent symbolism surrounding women at wells in the Bible. This is an image or picture of a bride-to-be… and as such…may therefore represent the Church awaiting the day of Christ’s return. The Church being the Bride of Christ.

Many of the great men of the Bible met their future wives at wells. Abraham met Keturah, his second wife, at the well of Sheba, where she resided. Isaac met (indirectly) Rebekah at a well and Moses met his wife Zipporah at a well in Midian also.

And so… hanging out at the well is a good idea for the Christian… by that I mean…

Jesus… He met a woman at a well… in Samaria… we read of that in John 4:1-42… Jesus asks her about her husband… and the truth comes out that she has been married several times and the one she with currently is not her husband- Jesus just had a way of getting to the heart of matters when speaking with people…

And in John 4:13-14 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Like this woman at the well, we need to routinely and regularly be drinking from Jesus’ well… through prayer and fellowship with other believers… with the daily study of the scriptures… these are the things that help us to grow in Christlikeness… in preparedness for our Groom… and our eternal life with Jesus. And Jesus… our Great Shepherd… will ensure that we are “well” cared for… again, that is a promise… because what is in the well, will come up in the bucket- think about that:-).

This worship video, really sums up why we need to be waiting at the well. It is one of my all-time favorite worship songs. Enjoy.