One of the recurring themes God has given us through the first half of this year is the importance of seeing the greatness of Christ in the life of the believer.
John Piper recently posted on his twitter: "Being lost means being blind to divine glory in the gospel To see it and savor it is to be saved. 2 Corinthians 4:46"
This is the exact thought that we have been processing and preaching over the past few months.
Do you ever look out at the moon on a clear, summer night? Sometimes it is a full moon, and other times it is only a thumbnail.
If you are into science might know this fact: The moon actually has no light of it’s own. All it does is simply reflect the brightness of the sun, when the sun is shining on the opposite end of the world. This is also true of our attempts to share the light of Jesus.
Scripture says of believers: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14), and “we all with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Who’s glory to we reflect? Our own? No! Like the moon, we have no light of our own. We only reflect God’s glory, just as the moon reflects the light of the sun. And just like the moon, we can only reflect God’s glory as effectively as we see it. As we understand and comprehend how great God really is, we are then able to reveal this to others around us.
The foundation of our witness is that we are called to see first, and then reflect the glory of God. It starts with seeing how great God really is for ourselves. If we don’t think God is that great, why would we attempt to share Him with anyone?
1 Corinthians 13:12 explains our dilemma. We all have trouble seeing how great God is. “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then [in heaven] we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then [in heaven] I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”
Heaven will be unexplainably good. Heaven will be filled with people from all nations who are filled with perfect joy and satisfaction, and there will be constant worship of our good God. One of the main reasons we won’t stop worshiping is because we will finally see God clearly. When we see God clearly, in all of His glory and splendor and majesty, our only response could possibly be to worship and bow endlessly.
Our goal in this life is to see Him in greater ways, as clearly as possible, and then reflect and shine on those around us!