“It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.” (Ps. 89:37)
Just as God “appointed the moon for seasons” (Ps. 104:19), He has appointed us to reflect Him to the world. There are many characteristics of the moon that we are to have as well. In fact, Dr. J. Sidlow Baxter drew some interesting parallels between the Church and the moon:
FIRST—The moon shines with reflected light. It has no light in itself. It shines with the reflected light of the sun. So the Church reflects the light of Christ. Apart from Him, it has no light to give.
SECOND—The moon is bigger than it looks. So is the true church. The church might not look very big to you on Sunday, but when John was caught up into heaven, he saw “a multitude which no man could number, of all nations…” (Rev. 7:9).
THIRD—The moon can appear in daylight but shines brightest at night. That is also true of the church. We should shine all of the time, but we should shine the brightest as the world around us becomes darker.
FOURTH—The moon has its eclipses. When the moon comes between the sun and earth, the earth is darkened. So it is when we come between Christ and the world, the world stays dark because we are blocking the Son’s light instead of reflecting the Son’s light.
The world needs the light of Jesus. Will you reflect His light to a lost and dying world, and be as faithful as the moon?