Thursday, January 25, 2007

Seen the Great Comet?

Comet McNaught as seen from Swift's Creek, Victoria, Australia on 23 January 2007

Comet McNaught (pictured), the brightest comet to appear in over forty years, becomes visible over the Southern Hemisphere. From Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

The article begins, "Comet McNaught, also known as the Great Comet of 2007 and given the designation C/2006 P1, is a non-periodic comet discovered on August 7, 2006 by British-Australian astronomer Robert H. McNaught.[1] It made perihelion on January 12, 2007, and became easily visible to the naked eye for observers in the Southern Hemisphere."

I recently heard a quote by Rob Bell that got my attention on this thought of being seen by the world as you live like Jesus. It went something like, "If our church disappeared from our city tomorrow, would anybody notice or care?" In other words, are the people of your church (are you!) making such an impact on their neighbors that they would be sorely missed if they disappeared.

In the article, the comet is admired for what? Being easily visible. In the dark night, a bright light brings beauty and warmth to an otherwise, cold night sky. All eyes looking up are immediately drawn to it in wonder and awe.

Do we do this in our world? Our world is dark with sin. It's cold with little light from the Son. But if Jesus truly lives in us, he should be radiating light and warmth throughout our city through us. Is he radiating from you? Me?

And just like with the comet, all eyes looking will notice it. Because when you live like Jesus, it's going to get somebody's attention.

Jesus called us the "Light of the world." It's time to shine so that we'll be easily seen by the world who is already watching and waiting (like the astronomers) for anyone living a life like Jesus did.

"Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out[a] the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing." --Paul, Philippians 2:14-16, NIV