WEDNESDAY 22ND AUGUST, 2018
THEME: ARISE, SHINE
TEXT: ISAIAH 60:1-7
MEMORY VERSE: ISAIAH 60:1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.”
The lotus is a plant that produces perfume whose aroma is reputed to be the best in the world. However, for such a sweet-smelling aroma, one would naturally expect that the plant would thrive in very clean surroundings. But this is not the case with the lotus. For the plant to produce such a desirable aroma, it thrives best in mucky places or surroundings. This is an irony.
This irony is also true about Christians and their existence in this evil world. The world does not have to be a good place before Christians can thrive (2Cor 10:5). The Christian is admonished to be a light in the dark world. What this means is that the world is prostrate with sin and cannot align with the values of God. Sin has completely made the world dark. However, Jesus urges the believer to shine as light to show the way to unbelievers. (Mt 5:14-16). When the believer follows this teaching he will rise and shine as light. We do not expect the world to allow us to change the values as we wish. They will resist us because they are ruled by the flesh. With the Spirit of God deposited in him/her, the believer can then shine as the Light of Christ who is the light of the world.
When the believer is true to his calling, he starts affecting his environment. When he does this through the grace Jesus supplies, the world takes notice as they did in Antioch of the early believers, calling them “Christians”.
So we have to stand up and shine to lighten up the world with the light of Christ.
HYMN: EMHB 378 – ETERNAL SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
PRAYER: Almighty God, let your light shine through me and be a source of blessing to others in this dark and sinful world through Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer.