"Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you -- rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness [all] peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you [O Jerusalem], and His glory shall be seen on you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising."
(Isaiah 60:1-3, AMP)
Many believers often scoff or consider it "blasphemy" for one to even consider themselves to have any likeness to Christ. It is true that in and of ourselves, we are but mere flesh and have little "good" to offer. However, the good news is that if Christ resides in us today, then we too have access to everything He has access to. And yes, this includes His radiance! Had it not been so, than God would not command us to arise, shine, and be radiant with the glory of God!
All throughout scripture, the Lord's people are commanded to reflect HIS light. Believers are to be a witness to all the Nations. Does this seem too great of a task? Well beloved, you can begin being a light by reaching out to those around you at your local grocery store, the local park, or your local restaurant. I always say that you can impact the world by first impacting your world. Furthermore, scripture is clear that,
"No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light." (Luke 8:26, NIV)
It is to our detriment to try to hide our light or maintain it within our home or church environment. As God's Word depicts, we must GO and step out of our comfort zones. After all, the light of Christ within us is not for the Jew (believers) but for the Gentile (non-believers).
Before God's people go anywhere, we must first reflect the light of His glory. This is not something that is reflected merely by outward appearance but more importantly, reflected by the love and light of Jesus Christ we have in our hearts.
True believers have both an inward and outward dimension of His radiance. As the world appears to gain greater in darkness, God's people should gain greater opportunity to shine ever so brightly.
The Lord resides in every believer and is the everlasting light for all His people so arise and shine, shine, shine.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .