Monday, July 9, 2018

Genesis 1 Devotional - The Greater and Lesser Lights

Scripture: Genesis 1:14-16
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.

Which one are you? Are you the sun, the greater light? The moon, the lesser light? Or maybe you’re one of the “also” stars.

I have an idea of where I fit in that cosmic paradigm, and you probably know where you fit as well. Here’s the question: are you okay with that?

Can you humble yourself enough to accept your station in life? Can you perform your function no matter your status?

All of the lights that God made serve one purpose: to give light. Some of us give a little, some of us more, but we all help give light to the world.

And notice that God doesn’t call the greater light better than the lesser. There’s no person that’s better than another in God’s eyes. There’s no Christian who’s more important or more valued than another. The lights, and we, simply have different roles. And the stars are content to be stars. The moon doesn’t want to be the sun. And the sun doesn’t complain about its responsibility as the greater light. They all fulfill their purpose for us without wanting to be something they’re not.

One of the greatest challenges we face is wanting to be something we’re not. Maybe we want to be the greater light so that people will like or respect us or so that we can feel a sense of importance. Maybe we don’t want the responsibility of sharing our light at all, or we resent that not enough lesser lights are doing their part to support us as a greater light.  

Peace comes when we accept our station and simply concentrate on shining the light that we have.

Be honest with yourself and name the light that God has designed you to be.

Pray for contentment in your station.

How is God calling you to shine your light at this point in your life?

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