General Baptist National Youth Conference
June 15-17, 2018 | Lake Williamson Christian Center – Carlinville, IL
The moon is pretty amazing. It is basically a rock that is 1/4 the size of the planet it constantly rotates around. We see it in different sizes (sometimes appearing larger). We see it in different shapes (full circle, crescent, half). We even see it in different colors (white, yellow, orange or red). It is amazing that we even see it at all because the moon emits no light of its own, it only reflects the light of the sun. The moon is not visible because of what it possesses, but only because of its proximity to the sun.
Every night that we look up into the sky and see the moon it bears witness to us that the sun exists. While it is not the light, it bears witness to that great light. The moon reminds me of John the Baptist. Neither of them are much to look at on their own but they are both great at reflecting light.
John 1:6-8 ESV
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
Jesus said, “among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist.” I believe that the reason for John’s greatness was his desire to reflect the light of Jesus. John emitted no light on his own, but he was always willing to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to mankind. Because of his desire to reflect the true light, he was a difference maker and a world changer.
I wonder what would happen if we quit trying to be like the sun and started being more like the moon? I wonder what would happen if we stopped acting like the world revolved around us and instead focused on reflecting the light of Jesus into the world? What would the world look like with fewer Lil Jon’s and more John the Baptists?
This year at NYC we are going to encourage every student to quit trying to be what the world says they should be and instead, embrace what they were created to be, reflectors of the light into the world. Our hope is that they go home prepared to be reflectors of Jesus Christ that are difference makers and world changers.
I hope that your students will join us for this life-changing weekend!
See you in June!
Grace and Peace,