By Johnny Hester
Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier (11 March 1811 – 23 September 1877) was a French astronomer and mathematician who specialized in celestial mechanics and is best known for predicting the existence and position of Neptune using only mathematics. Le Verrier observed slight irregularities in the orbit of the planet Uranus. He surmised that this must be due to some unknown influence or attraction. Searching for the attractive force led him to discover a formerly “invisible” planet, Neptune.
What does this have to do with us? Brothers and sisters, here’s the point: If we, as individuals and as a church, are truly being influenced by our association with Christ, people will notice a difference in our lives and curiously investigate what the cause might be.
You have perhaps read many times the words of Jesus recorded in Matthew 5:14-16. Please read them once again in the context of what we are here studying. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Light doesn’t have to draw attention to itself—it is self-evident. Just so, as your life orbits around Christ you reflect His light into a world darkened by sin. People who observe the difference in your life will wonder what it is that makes you different. This curiosity may well lead someone to discover the One whose Light you are reflecting.
- Johnny Hester preaches for the Matthews Church of Christ in Matthews, MO. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org