I grew up in the Baptist Church across the street from my house. Very nearly literally. If the doors were open, we were there.
Girls' Auxiliary was one of those meetings I seldom missed. It was a kind of mission-training program for girls. We memorized Bible passages, did mission projects, and earned awards, much like the Awana program today.
One of the verses we memorized was from Isaiah 60.
"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you."
Isaiah 60:1 nasb
Isaiah 60:1 nasb
Isaiah's speaking of Jesus. He's the light that has come. He's the glory of the Lord that has risen upon us.
The passage goes on to say, "Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising." Isaiah 60:3 nasb
I didn't realize it when I was a girl, but this isn't just a prophetic passage about Jesus. It's prophetic about us, too.
Jesus has come. He brought the glory of God from heaven to us and gave us the light of God.
Our job is to rise up and shine that light for all to see.
Nations and kings, Isaiah told us, will be drawn to the brightness of our light and the glory of God that rests upon us. They will be drawn. They will come. But only after we rise and shine.
Kings and kingdoms (as well as neighbors all around us) sit in darkness, waiting for the light of God to show them the way to Jesus. They're waiting for us to bring the light.
Jesus did His part of this mission miracle. The people in darkness will do their part.
Will we do our part?
This day, children of God, let's rise up.
Become a light-bearer of God, the Glory-giver of Christ.
Shine into the darkness.
If we go, they will come. It's such a simple equation, but it has eternal rewards. For those who go and for those who come.
Shine bright and get ready for those in darkness. They will come.
In case you missed it, here's the link to yesterday's post: The Glorified Footprints