“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:”
When God created light, He created the sun, moon, and the stars. All of these lights have their purpose in God’s creation. One of the greatest lessons on the leader-follower relationship is found in the creation of light. Let me share several lessons from God’s creation of light that will help you in this all-important area of the leader-follower relationship.
First, God made you for a purpose. God had a purpose for each light that He made. He made the sun to rule the day, and the moon to rule the night. God also created the stars to help give light to a dark night sky. No matter how great or small you think you are, God made you for a purpose. Whatever the purpose that God made you for is where you will find the greatest satisfaction in life, and where you will find that you can accomplish the most in this life. Don’t live to seek your own purpose, for it will only lead to an empty life, but live to fulfill the purpose for which God created you.
Second, you must “be” in order to fulfill your purpose. One very important word in the verse above is “be.” This word is talking about being present in the place where they were created. In other words, you can’t fulfill God’s purpose for your life if you are not faithful to “be” where you are supposed to be. Too many people never find joy in life and tend to blame their dissatisfaction on other people when the only purpose they don’t find joy is because they are not faithful to their place of service for which God created them. Faithfulness to do what you were created to do is the only place where you will find joy and satisfaction in your life.
Third, God did not create all things equal. There are going to be greater and lesser lights in life. Just because you are the greater light does not make you more important than the lesser light in life. Likewise, just because you are not the greater light doesn’t make you inferior to the greater light. God made you the way you are; never underestimate your influence if you will do what God made you to do.
Fourth, God did make all things important. Though there were greater and lesser lights, ALL the lights were still important to God. Every light is important to the signs, seasons, days, and years. You are important to God’s design for the world. It doesn’t matter if you are greater or lesser; you are still important to God’s purpose. My friend, you may not have the talent, education, connections, or influence that another may have, but you are still important to what God needs to get done to reach the lost for Christ.
Fifth, God expects you to stay and perform in your place. When you get out of your place is when you don’t do what you are supposed to be doing. What if the star said, “I want to be the light of the day.” If the star didn’t stay where God made it to shine, sailors would have no guide to guide them through the seas at night. One of the biggest mistakes you can make in your life is to try to tell others what they need to do in their areas. Your responsibilities in life will be neglected if you focus on telling everyone else what they need to do. Don’t worry about what others are supposed to do and just do what God made you to do; it is when you are doing what God made you to do that you can help others in their place of responsibility.