It can seem depressing at times to watch as it seems that our world grows darker and darker. Just take a minute to watch the news or read the headlines and you will quickly feel an inch tall and like you have nothing to offer in the midst of so much darkness, chaos and despair. I believe that God is not calling us to ignorance of what’s happening around us. Rather, we are to know what is going on in our world but to respond to it with boldness and courage rather than debilitating fear and mind numbing complacency.

 God has called His sons and daughters to rise and shine the light and hope of Jesus everywhere we go. He promises that even as the darkness appears to grow that we will burn brighter and brighter for nations to see and be drawn to Him. We as Christ followers are not to simply wait and cower in a corner until He comes back to rescue us but rather we are to go and shine brightly in the hardest darkest places of our world! We are meant to bring His light into every situation we face and not cower in fear from had situations.   
God is raising up a generation that will lay their lives down and bring His hope and light into a world that is overwhelmingly dark and depressing. We are that generation! We will shine brightly until His glory covers the earth.

He is calling us not to obsess over the darkness and how bad things might be. He wants us to become more and more like Him so that His glory and His light can shine through our everyday lives! It’s only when we live in this paradigm that we can truly begin to do what Jesus commissioned us to do before He ascended to the Father. We can’t keep our lights be hidden in the corner if we plan to make disciples of cities and nations. We must let our lights shine brightly so that cities and nations can be drawn to the Glory of our King!

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. “For behold, darkness will cover the earth And deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you And His glory will appear upon you. “Nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭60‬:‭1-3‬ NASB)

2 thoughts on “Arise and Shine

  1. I love this article Andrew and would so love to share it. I am in the process now of putting together “Church on the Hill @ MtPhenix”. This is something God has laid on my heart on and off now for several years and I have continued to brush it off. Well I have decided that since the vision continues to visit my mind and thoughts, this must be what God wants, therefore I am plunging forward with it. I have been following you from a distance for quite sometime now and love your resilience and persistence in doing Gods work. In order to join you in taking back our city, I have decided to start in our own home — in our own neighborhood — by being the light on the hill beginning right where we are. We are going to have church on the hill and invite all within walking distance to bring their chairs, blankets, water and pick a spot on our front lawn with their families for a good time of hearing from Gods word, music and getting to know our neighbors. No one takes time to do this anymore. I ask for your prayers in this endeavor, and I will pray for yours–as we together do Gods work and answer to His calling. I invite any suggestions you may have for me. This is the first time I have reached out to this degree and I want to make sure I do everything right so that I can honor and glorify God in every detail, in every way imaginable. As you said, Arise & Shine… Thanks Andrew

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