Floodlights

At the TGC (The Gospel Coalition) conference last month, Tim Keller (founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, one of the founders of The Gospel Coalition, and Senior Editor of The New City Catechism) shared a brief story from the life of J.I.Packer (Packer is an English-born, evangelical, Calvinist theologian.)

Keller said the wise old pastor told him that on a recent summer evening, as he walked through the streets of London, he turned a corner to witness one of the architecturally beautiful old cathedrals of the city bathed in light. Nearly a dozen huge floodlights gloriously illuminated the building. The lights drew attention to and showed off the beauty and majesty of the building.

Packer continued, “I realized at that moment that I had no thought of praising the floodlights. Their significance was not in themselves, but in what they were able to illuminate—in what they were focused on. Their purpose was not to draw attention to themselves, but to show the glory of the object of their focus.”

“And that,” said Packer, “was what we were created to do.” The first question of the Westminster short catechism is: What is the chief end of man? And the answer is Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.

May we all remember that we’re called to be floodlights gloriously illuminating our King.

Written by Jim De Horn