~ On the other side ~

Hello everyone! I want to start by apologizing for being silent for so many months. I am grateful to be back and starting to write and share the things the Lord is leading me to post. Today, I want to touch on what it is to be disconnected from the Lord and how we allow the world to get in the way of our relationship with Christ. These past few months have been a very difficult journey and I wish i could say that I am no longer enduring the storm. Truthfully, I am not through it yet, but I am leaning on the Lord to give me strength in order for me to find my way back to His merciful arms.

I will be basing my blog today around a brilliant analogy that I once heard and I now realize just how much of an impact it had on my perception of what it means to be in the world, but not of the world. I want to request something before starting this blog… If it is night when you are reading this, please step outside and look for the moon. Take a few moments and take in the view, think about what the moon is, what it does. If it is day, think about the sun, the warmth it brings and how it gives light to the world. Trust me, there is a reason behind doing this silly exercise.

What is the purpose or function of our sun? According to national geographic, the sun “…holds the solar system together; pours life-giving light, heat, and energy on Earth; and generates space weather.” It gives life, it provides the ability to see, it gives warmth and is the source of all kinds of space weather, good and bad. Without it, it you cannot sustain life. The Earth would become cold, and uninhabitable. Nothing could grow or live without the sun.

Now, let’s look at the moon. What is the moon exactly? After doing some research, I found that the moon is simply a reflection of the sun in order to light up the night. It does not supply it’s own light, nor does it give life to the Earth. Not only does it reflect light, but it also has a strong gravitational pull, creating our high tides in the ocean. The pull is strongest on the side that faces Earth. And it goes through beautiful phases which show the amount of light it receives from the sun as well as the shadow the Earth casts on it.

So, why am I going into the conversation about the sun and moon? Why did I do research about these two topics? Well, this is where the analogy comes into play. Jesus, the Son of God, says in John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” He pours life-giving light into the world so that we may turn from sin and find eternal life. He sparks a fire within us, igniting our souls so that we may be on fire for Him. He allows us to see (Isaiah 42:7, John 9), and He is the only thing that can sustain life. Without Him, we are cold and sinful. We cannot receive eternal life and peace without Him (Romans 6:23).

The moon represents the followers of Christ. We, in and of ourselves, cannot give any sort of light, life, or warmth. We simply reflect the light of Christ to the world, which is in darkness. The moon is surrounded by darkness, but the Sun still illuminates it, making it visible for everyone to see. John 1:5, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” It also has a gravitational pull, drawing near those who see the light it reflects so that they are no longer in darkness. “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 4:6. 

Now, something I was once told is that we need to be careful, as believers and followers of Christ, not to allow the earth to get in the way and block out the sun. The more we allow the earth to get in the way, the less light there is to reflect. You’ve seen the moon phases: each time, the parts of the moon we see on Earth becomes smaller and smaller until it is completely covered by the shadow of the Earth. The same goes for believers. The more we compromise, and become involved in the things of this world, the more the world moves in the way of the Sun. It blocks out the light, leaving us cold and in darkness. The moon in darkness is still there, just not visible to the world and therefore, ineffective for the work of the Lord.

Throughout the past few months, God has been teaching me these lessons over and over. When we, as followers of Jesus, compromise and allow sin to enter our hearts and change how we live our lives, we become ineffective to work He has called us to do. We do not draw anyone to Christ when we are clouded in the darkness of sin. That’s the thing about the moon, it has a gravitational pull on the earth. If we are in darkness, we are drawing people into the sin that we are in. When we reflect the light of Christ, we can draw people to the source of life! James 4:8, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” 

I do not write this because I know how to shine the light without going through the phases. I allow the world to get in the way, just like anyone else, and I am not always a reflection of Christs light. But I believe that the Lord tests us in order to purify us, making us more like Him. We must learn these hard lessons in order to become stronger and closer to Him. I pray that this shed some light on such a big issue in the hearts of Christians, including myself. We cannot allow the sinful nature of the world to keep us from being effective and strong in the Lord. Trust me, the temporary satisfaction the Earth gives is not worth the long term, eternal consequences.

I am so blessed to have the opportunity to be here and share the things the Lord has lead me to write. I pray that it moves you and gives you the understanding a realization that it did for me. Thank you all for your patience, and for taking the time to visit my blog and read my posts. God bless you all today with peace and wisdom! Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” 

 

~Chaya

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