One morning, in my car, I was listening to the radio and a song by Salvador came on. I had missed much of the beginning of it as I was planning my day and navigating traffic, but the chorus captivated me. Immediately upon arrival at work I had to download the lyrics and as I read them a vision of the Son of God in his glory and brilliance filled my mind. He was shining bright like the sun and in this vision I was a moon, dark, cold, having no light of my own and as I drew closer to the sun I began to warm, to shine. It was here that the words of 2 Corinthians 3
Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, 6 who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
7 But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, 8 how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory? 9 For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory. 10 For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory because of the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory.
It is not me who can shine, without him; I am nothing more than a dead sinner. It is through His Spirit that we can become His light. We are to be the light of the world, but if we do not first draw near to him, we simply can’t be. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the light”. I shall endeavor to reflect His light and speak His truth!
In this world of post modernism many have lost sight of the fact that some truths are absolute. My hope is to share my pilgrimage, and challenge people to run this race well. That at the end our Lord will say, “well done, good and faithful servant”. He is the light of the gospel of the glory of God, the light that will pierce the darkness of this world.
2 cor. 4:1-6 Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness:, it is He who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.