By Terri Pease
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, our generous Father in heaven.”
I love this! I love how the Message Bible puts it out there. Shine! My purpose in life!
A few years ago I had an epiphany: I don’t have to wait for some other minister, friend, co-worker or family member to validate who I am or my purpose in life. The Word of God tells me to shine right where I am. Colossians tells me I am qualified to shine because of Who He is not because of who I am.
“Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God’s holy people) in the Light [The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” (Colossians 1:12, 13 Amplified)
Awesome! I quit searching for “my purpose”, “my ministry” and just determined to shine. I began at the toughest battleground….home. My house does not have to be in perfect order all the time. It will not fall down if the sink isn’t completely empty of dirty dishes. I will burn an occasional meal because I am watching a funny video with my son on his phone. I will just call the dish “blackened” and move on.
A curious thing happened as I began to shine. People started to notice a difference, opportunities began to present themselves that I never had before. Suddenly other ministers wanted me to come speak to their groups. Complete strangers open up and give me an opportunity to share the love of Christ with them. I have had more opportunities to minister both here and abroad. I have shared Jesus with people in grocery stores, on planes, at schools and on the foreign mission field. I have witnessed to drug dealers, prostitutes, white collars, blue collars and no collars. People completely out of my comfort zone! I did not seek out these opportunities. I shined and they came. Jesus gives me the courage and the words. It is all about Him! Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto me.” (John 12:32) He was lifted up on that cross and He is ever drawing us to Him.
Shining has nothing to do with me, who I am, what degrees I have or not have, or who I know. Shining on is letting the love of Christ shine through me. Shining on in the everyday things. Praying for a complete stranger who looks like they might be in pain. Cooking a meal to share with someone in need, visiting a shut in, sending a card of well wishes to someone. Listening to my wordy teenager tell me a really short story in long form. It is all about Jesus; what He has done. In Him I live and move and have my being. (Acts 17:28) As I am in Him He shines through me.
Pretty simple assignment…..Shine on!