Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 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. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
I love decorating my house for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I totally enjoy the light from the Christmas décor. I was decorating one of my small Christmas trees and noticed that some of the lights were not lit, so I opened a new box of miniature lights and began stringing them on the tree. To my amazement the new string of lights was only half lit. However I quickly knew what to do, I began looking at the strng of lights on the side where the lights were not shining to see if one of the lights was blown out. I was skeptical though because I did not know how I would be able to tell which one was blown out seeing that these lights were so small. I thought this would be a long process but to my surprise I immediately spotted the problem. One of the light bulbs had fallen out of its socket, so I quickly reinserted the missing bulb and BAM, there was light!
God said through the prophet Isaiah, “Arise, shine for thy light has come." We are no longer without light in the earth as a matter of fact we are the light. Jesus said to us let your light shine, implying it is up to us if the light is on or off. Yes, light has come but is it on. We have vessels that provide light, such as lamps, in every room of our home but not all of those vessels are on all the time. They are equipped to shine light but it’s up to my family when we let it shine.
Unlike household lamps spiritual light is always needed because we are in a dark world. There will always be somebody who needs light. We are never to turn the light off; in doing so we could cause somebody to stumble or somebody to fall or someone to miss their destinies call. Light was not created by God to be hid but rather to be lifted up for all to see.
When I held up the string of lights, half of the string was lit and half was dark, causing a dimming effect. This string of lights was not providing the bright illumination that it was created to provide. It was handicap because one of the lights had fallen out.
• Something that hinders or is a disadvantage to somebody or something.
We may not think that just one light missing would make that big of a difference but it did. One light out of place caused half of the whole string to malfunction. God has set each of us in His body as it pleases Him, meaning our light was strategically placed on the string of lights to do its part to bring illumination to the world. We all need to shine bright in this dark world, your light matters to the body, we need it. Don’t let it go out or grow dim but let it shine everywhere you go……….Let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine!
People will come from all nations just to see your Holy Ghost glow! They will follow you as you lead them out of the darkness to the marvelous Light, the Lord Jesus Christ!