Now, Go! Now, Shine!

As I’ve written, our world is in a bit of turmoil, with no sign of it getting better. In fact, it may even get worse!

So, how should we respond?

Well, as I’ve written recently, the first thing to do is to go to God and submit to Him, repenting of our sins and lifestyle choices which have chased Him away, and caused Him to remove His blessing and protection, and may be earning His discipline.

The next crucial step, if you have not already done so, is to accept and acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior, giving your life and eternity to Him, by faith.

For those who have already done so, then there was yesterday’s post–WORSHIP! This assumes that God is on His throne, He is working out an eternal plan which is simultaneously ‘for His glory’ and ‘for our good’. Therefore, I can trust, follow…and worship Him.

So…what’s left?

I would suggest that all of these points are preparation for the role that He wants us to play. It’s like we’ve been packing for a trip–all of these steps have been important items to take, and have made us ready.

We are now prepared to join Him in His work…to be His hands, His feet, His voice to this world, which has lost it’s way and is blindly trying to come up with it’s own solutions.

For the follower of Jesus, who is faithfully trying to trust God, submit to Him and to love Him, now we need to ‘Go’, and ‘Shine’.

After His resurrection, Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me; therefore GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to do everything I have taught you. And be sure that I am with you always, even to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

Our main job–after connecting with and worshiping Him–is to ‘spread the news’.

After all, He is THE ‘Savior and Lord’ of all the earth, and we need to let those that we come across know it. He loves each and every one on this earth, and wants us all to come to know Him…but how will they know unless we tell them?

As we move out…and ‘Go’ in His name, we need to remember to SHINE!

Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16)

He wants us to ‘Light it up’!

He wants us to live in such a way as to shine!

Not shining our own light, but shining HIS light. Shining the light as He (based on His word) would have us do.

That means practically demonstrating His love, His grace, His mercy and forgiveness.

How do we do that?

Countless ways are available.

Volunteering in Hurricane Relief efforts…helping at your neighborhood school…serving at your local Mission…befriending a neighbor or coworker…giving your time, talent, and treasure to causes and ministries which reflect His love and direct to the Life that He offers.

It really means investing ourselves in self-sacrificial ways into the lives of other people.

Yes, there are some who ‘lose the connection’ with Jesus, and they end up doing a lot of temporary good…but no eternal good.

I think He wants us to do both…to love others while pointing them to Him.

Think about this: None of us know ‘the end’. We don’t know our own personal end, nor do we know the ‘end time’ for this world, for sure. Yet, we do know what He wants us doing. We do know how He wants us to live. We do know what we can do to make the biggest ‘eternal’ impact.

It’s as if we’re running a race, He wants us to ‘run through the tape’…in other words, to finish strong!

For a Christian, ‘finishing strong’ means trusting Him, worshiping Him, and serving Him, as we ‘Shine His Light’ to this world.


Published by Pastor Dave Johnson

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Lori, Proud Father to 6 great kids, Co-Pastor of Kalamazoo Community Church. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan.

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