As beautiful as they are, the Northern Lights simply couldn’t exist on their own. They depend entirely on the power of the sun. Jesus called us to be lights in this world (Matt. 5:14)—to be fascinatingly and attractively beautiful. But we must realize, if there’s anything lovely about us, it’s because God’s beauty lights up through us.
John 1:26-34; 3:26-30
Let’s be honest—John the Baptist was a bit of a weirdo. Today, if we heard about a guy living out in the woods, making bold claims, encouraging people to engage in some strange religious rite, “weirdo” would barely begin to cover the words we’d use to describe him. Yet John cared little of what others thought of him. Instead, his heart was singularly focused on preaching the gospel and preparing as many people as possible for the One who would be even more unique among men—and John was “great in the sight of the Lord” (Luke 1:15).
Are you living in such a way that, if someone were to measure your life against Scripture, he would claim you’re truly “great in the sight of the Lord”? We’d likely all say, “That’s definitely something I want.” However, it’s not necessarily indicative of the ways we live. We’ll either live according to the customs of the world, and we’ll simply blend in. Or we’ll live as God has called us, and we’ll stand out as John did and as Jesus did. Students see plenty of people doing things the world’s way. Stand out!
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