Isaiah 60:1, “Arise, shine; For your light has come! and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you”
Three key things to share with us are on the scripture introduced above. When we get saved, it is like a new born baby. The birth of he baby is not the end but the beginning. Often times those some who have been in Christ for a while tend to lose the fire and become regular people meaning everything else is normal. No zeal to grow, no zeal to witness, no zeal to pray effectively, or zeal to even read the word with passion. It’s very easy to lose fruits without knowing, we need to therefore constantly do spiritual evaluation to see where we are. I know of people who used to talk about the Lord strongly, they had such a joy and enthusiasm but something somewhere happened and the zeal began to fade away only to be left with a form of godliness and deny the power.
“Arise, shine” are the first two keys to bring to our attention. Let’s define the word ARISE, this is a simple word to mean get up or rise up. Anyone who is getting ready for a greater move has to be in a position ready to get up and will do whatever it takes to get up. You cannot move from point A to point B unless there is something that causes you to desire to relocate. “Shine” is to glow, excel, sparkle, glitter. Interestingly, shinning requires some effort. Normally when polishing my shoes, once I apply the shoe polish, it does not make it shine when application is done until I begin to work on it by shining it with the brush and dry cloth. It takes time to shine as desire, determination and patience are put into practice. Paul advising Timothy on how to arise and shine, shared with him in 1Timothy 4:12, “Let no man despise your youth (point of rising by not allowing anyone to despise his youth), but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity (all these were to be his way of shinning)”. If he worked on all these, he was definitely going to shine and not for himself but for the Lord for the bible says that whatsoever you do, do it unto the Lord. Yes the light had already come, but he needed work on it and put it somewhere where all could see, Matthew 5:14-15, “You are the light of the world. A city set on the hill cannot be hidden nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house”. We are called to rise up and shine for we are the candles God will use to light other people who either their candles were blown off by the winds of the world or the ones who have never had their candles lit up.
The number three key is “…and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you“, this is the gas that keeps the light shinning for when we begin to talk about the glory of the Lord, we are talking about a divine light, it’s the light that shines in the middle of the darkness, it’s the light that nothing can dim and what a blessing to be connected to that source of power and when I feel like my light is gonna go off, the gas of the glory boosts my lamp that I may keep burning, shinning, glowing. Someone said that the smallest light can be seen in the middle of darkness therefore we are not intimidated to think our light is small, it can be seen in the middle of darkness. Be encouraged the way Paul encouraged Timothy and know that He has called you to rise, shine for His glory fuels your existence. He who called you to rise and shine, knew you could do it as long as His glory is present. Blessings Ev