December 15, Monday
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.” Isaiah 60:1 (KJV)
Certain things are natural to certain things. It is natural for the dog to bark, for the bird to sing and for the lion to roar to mention a few. In just the same manner, God expects that it will be natural for the believer also to shine. But He did not take it for granted; He still went ahead to challenge the believer to shine. Is. 60:1 is a command to shine. He said “Arise, Shine”. Did you notice that He did not say Arise and Shine? It therefore implies that the moment the believer can take the step to arise, shining becomes automatic. So if you are not shining, chances are that you are still sleeping. You are yet to wake up to the realization of the great potentials in you. You still see yourself as just another number in the Kingdom. But beloved, you are more than a number. You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, set aside by God to show forth His praise (1 Pet 2:9).
God did not call you out of darkness to just be another number in the Kingdom. You have been empowered to make a change in your world. As a lawyer, He expects you to be the best. As a doctor, be number one. As a teacher, teach with excellence, as a businessperson, be a man/woman of integrity. Let the people gravitate towards you and desire to relate with you knowing that your yea is yea and your nay is nay.
You are not praying for the light of God to come upon you; the moment you gave your life to Christ, God birthed in you everything you need to succeed. Your part is to use them and as you do, you grow deeper and deeper in Him and become more and more confident of His grace upon your life and you achieve results.
So wherever you are today, I challenge you in the name of the Lord to Arise, shine and bring glory to God.
Further reading: 1 Pet. 2:8-9; Is. 60:1-7 Daily Bible Reading: Morning Amos 1-3, Evening Revelation 6