Saturday, September 30

Shine!

Scripture: Isaiah 59-60, Matthew 12

Isaiah 60:1–3 

1 “Arise! Shine! For your light arrives! 

The splendor of the Lord shines on you! 

2 For, look, darkness covers the earth 

and deep darkness covers the nations, 

but the Lord shines on you; 

his splendor appears over you. 

3 Nations come to your light, 

kings to your bright light.

Observation

The prophet predicts a time when Israel will be restored and God’s favor will shine on her. As a result, she will shine and nations will come to her light. The ultimate fulfillment of this is still in the future—which you’ll see if you read the whole chapter. But it can be applied to believers now.

 

Application

Jesus is the Light of the world. He has come and shone His light on us. Consequently, we can shine like lights in a dark world. 

Matthew 5:14–16 You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 People do not light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven.

Philippians 2:14–15 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world

When we love Jesus and let Him live in us, we will shine! And others will see the light and goodness of God and be drawn to Him. 

When I was a youth pastor, I led a youth choir (The Come Together Choir) and one of the songs we sang was “Let it shine!” The words of the chorus were, “So let it shine, shine, shine, cmon and let your light shine!” 

You are the light of the world—let it shine!

Prayer: Lord, I love You! Help me to shine today with Your love, goodness and grace. Let it shine!