In Isaiah 60:1 the Bible says:
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.”
The Lord wants us to arise and to SHINE. Why is that exactly? Let’s look at the verse following.
“For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.”
Jesus is the very light of the world, but, unfortunately, darkness covers the earth. As Christians, we have that light of Jesus within us. Our very purpose is to let that light within, that light from Jesus, to spread across the earth and vanquish the darkness.
Have you ever gotten a little mirror and let the sun reflect off its surface to make a light on the wall? I loved doing that when I was little. It was so fun to move the mirror around and see the little light on the wall move as well. (Yes, I’m very easily entertained.) I see Christians parallel to that mirror. Our Lord is the very sun and we are meant to turn our faces towards him and reflect his light all across the world so others can bask in that glorious light as well.
“And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness.” -Romans 2:19
In MercyMe’s song This Life there’s a line that says, “We were meant to shine, not just survive.” When I first heard that it kind of smacked me, rather hard, with an “Oh yeah!” moment. Ever since, I’ve tried to make that my life song.
With all the busyness of life, all the things that bring us down, all those hardships, and all those many, many things that pile up in life, it’s so easy to forget to shine for Christ. So much of the time I am just trying to survive and not shine.
But God’s Word says “Arise, Shine!”
Wouldn’t the world be such a better place if we all SHINED? Wouldn’t we feel better reflected God’s beautiful light?
So let’s get out there.
Let it shine before all men
Let' em see good works, and then
Let 'em glorify the Lord