The Power Of Light
Written by Vernon C. Grounds, Our Daily Bread, Copyright 2001 by RBC Ministries,
Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. Further distribution is not allowed without
permission from RBC .
You shine as lights in the world. -Philippians 2:15
|Some of us may not especially enjoy
poetry. But often a few lines of verse will grip our imagination,
as do the following by Francis Thompson: "The innocent moon, which
nothing does but shine, moves all the laboring surges of the
The moon is nearly 240,000 miles from Earth and is only 1/400th the size of the sun. With no light or heat of its own, it reflects the radiance of that greater heavenly body. It appears to be relatively insignificant. Yet, the moon quietly and almost imperceptibly moves the oceans of the world by its gravitational pull.
Most of us may not seem all that influential or well-known. We don't have the giftedness, the wealth, or the position to make much of an impact on our society. Our names don't appear in the newspaper, nor are they mentioned on television. We may think that all we can do is practice our faith in the humdrum routines of everyday life. But perhaps, unnoticed by us, we are having an influence on the people around us by our Christlike attitudes and actions.
Let's not be concerned, then, about our seeming lack of influence. Instead, do what Jesus commanded: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).
Jesus bids us shine with a clear, pure
EVEN THE SMALLEST LIGHT
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