“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
For the residents or lucky visitors of the Southern Hemisphere (think places like Buenos Aires or Fiji), there’s a stellar delight that few Northerners know about. It’s called the Southern Cross and is a small but beautiful constellation located in the southern sky, very close to the neighboring constellation of Centaurus.
The Southern Cross is one of the most recognizable features in the skies of the Southern Hemisphere, but unfortunately, due to increasing amounts of artificial light in the big urban regions, such as Sydney, Australia, the Southern Cross is appearing fainter and less distinctive in the sky.
What a powerful parallel to the lives of many who claim to follow Jesus. As the world’s influence on ethical and moral standards increase, the truth of the Bible becomes harder to see. Where once we were light in the darkness, now some of our light has faded into obscurity, no longer seen in a world filled with darkness.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you call yourself a Christian, let me ask you a question: Do others see the light of Christ in your life? Or has it faded and blended into culture – becoming non-existent and invisible to others? Jesus followers were called to be light and life in a dark and dying world. So, don’t settle for blending in when God has called you to stand out!