Shine

We were sitting next to each other in church. She’s 9 and she’s beautiful. She has blue eyes and blonde hair and an even more beautiful heart than her face…if possible. I watched as she drew stars on a sheet of paper. Underneath it she had written ‘Make it Shine’. While I watched her she accidentally messed up on one of the stars she was drawing, she pointed it out frowning at the mistake. I smiled at her and said, ‘But it can still shine.’ That seemed to satisfy her and she went back to drawing. God snapped his fingers at me however.

As Christians we are called to be light in darkness; “For you were once in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light.” Ephesians 5:8, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6 And though we are called to do just that, it doesn’t make it an easy task.

We live in a dark time. Our world so desperately needs to hear the truth of who Jesus is. Often times, the truth is shadowed by mans perceptions and interpretations. But the truth of God’s word remains, and if that truth can be revealed it is powerful. So much so that it can set the captive heart free. This is why Satan, who is the father of deceit, will attempt anything to stop God’s children from hearing the truth of Jesus Christ.

The Word says in John 1:4, “In Him was life, and that life was the Light of men.” Satan loves to convince a child of God that they aren’t worthy to work for Him, that they aren’t good enough in some way. If Satan can plant those seeds of doubt then fear will be produced. But God says that He hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and of a sound mind.

We often times feel inadequate when we compare ourselves to others…”Well I can’t sing like they can.”…”I can’t play the piano like they can.”…”They don’t respond to me like they do with them.”..But we aren’t called to be better than our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are called to be the best we can be. What God chooses to do with the talent or the ability that He has given us is His doing, but we are promised in His Word that it will not return into us void. Our only comparison should be with our self, and then we should only measure our self against the Word of God.

How many of us have been hurt? Whose heart has ever been broken? Has anyone’s words every pierced the deep places in your soul? If we don’t allow God to heal those wounds Satan will use those hurts as an opportunity to snuff out the light within us. Once we’ve been hurt it’s natural to back off from that situation that caused pain and nurse our wounds. It is then when we find ourselves wondering away from the fold, that’s when Satan attacks. Our perceptions become jaded by pain. If we allow Him, God can take our pain and restore us in such a way that our ending will be so much better than what we began with. But it’s that hurt and broken-ness that says..’I can’t get up there and do that. They know what I’ve done. They know what I’ve been through.’..and so we do nothing. In our pain we convince our self that as long as we aren’t backsliding we’re ok.

Smith Wigglesworth, a pastor in the early 1900s, once said. “If we aren’t moving forward with God, then we are backsliding. There is no standing still.” In my personal life I’ve found this to be true. The beauty of God’s love for His creation is His desire to be a part of His children. He longs to use His people. Even with all our faults and failures He desires to make us vessels for His use. There almost wasn’t one individual in the Bible who was perfect. Even David, who is remembered as being a man after God’s own heart made huge mistakes. From adultery to murder David made horrible decisions, but David wholeheartedly confessed his faults to God in prayer and continued after Him. He could have given up, he could have said he wasn’t worthy to be used by God, but he didn’t. He allowed God to shine through his life.

We can still be used by God, even with our faults. In my opinion it’s  then that God can truly receive the glory. In our own abilities we  will often fail, but with God He makes things right. I certainly shouldn’t be in my right mind, but there has been an unseen hand in my life that has kept me. So I work for Him. I tell the story of how Jesus is restoring me. My star may not be drawn right, but I can still shine for Jesus.

 

 

Author: Britney Wilkes

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