Day 27: Made to Shine

Made to Shine

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
1 John 1:5

“People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

There is no such thing as darkness.  What we call darkness is merely the absence of light. 

Light is a physical phenomenon we can study.  We can conduct experiments with light.  We can talk about reflection and refraction.  We can play with mirrors and prisms.  We can behold a beautiful rainbow and “paint with light” through creative use of light in photography.  Scientists can debate about whether light is a ray or a wave.

We cannot experiment with darkness except in relation to light.

Darkness is not an independent entity.

The interesting thing about the dark is that even in the blackest night or deepest cave, it only takes the smallest, faintest light to push back the darkness.

[tweetthis]A tiny candle produces light and in the presence of that tiny light, there is no more darkness.[/tweetthis]

God is light and the source of all other light.  Light was the very first thing He spoke into existence (Genesis 1:3).  As His ambassadors, we are called to shine His light to a dark world that is thirsty for His grace.

You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.   In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Matthew 5:14-16

As Christ-followers, we are Light-bearers who are commissioned to display the glory of His light through our lives.  A city on a hill can’t hide.  Covering up a lamp defeats the purpose of having a lamp in the first place.  When we bless others with our actions, people will praise God.  That’s how we glow in the dark.

[tweetthis]Christ-followers glow in the dark.[/tweetthis]

Glow in the Dark

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”  Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.
Philippians 2:14-16a

But we need to go beyond simply doing the right thing.  We must do the right thing with the right attitude.  Too often, I will do a good thing with a bad attitude.  God says we shine when we bless others without grumbling about it, complaining, or arguing about how to do it.

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
2 Corinthians 4:7

And it’s okay if we’re broken.  His light can shine even more beautifully through the cracks of our clay-jar lives.

There will come a day when darkness and evil are banished forever.

There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
Revelation 22:5

Until then, don’t complain about the dark.  Remember to be the candle.  You were made to shine.

[tweetthis]We were made to shine.[/tweetthis]

“Glow in the Dark” by Jason Gray

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Blessings, Elizabeth

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  • “Remember to be the candle!” I really like that. I needed this reminder today. I need to shine in the darkness and let God’s light shine through my broken places.

  • Thanks for sharing this at the 100 Happy Days linkup! What a powerful truth – and one that I need to be reminded of often. “Christ-followers glow in the dark.” That is such a reminder to this broken heart that others are influenced by me more often than I stop to remember. Thanks for the heart check & for the challenge this afternoon. 🙂

  • Ooh, doing the right thing with the right attitude. Is it funny that that’s exactly what my devotional was about this morning?? Looks like I need a little heart check today, thanks so much for that reminder! Loved this post, as usual!

  • I loved this Elizabeth! We are certainly called to shine our light in an otherwise dark world. One of my favourite scriptures on this is Zechariah 9:16 which says that when God rescues us we will sparkle like jewels in a crown! Isn’t that amazing?

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