Were you ever told to “Rise and shine!” by your parents when you were a child? Growing up on a farm, I heard that often. If I didn’t get up, I was just left to sleep and miss out on whatever great things we were going to do that day. When that expression was used in the military, it referred to soldiers getting up out of their beds and shining their boots, which they were expected to do every morning. But it originally came from God’s Word.
Isaiah 60:1-3—Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
When you live you, the God-given you, it has amazing power to change the world. God was telling the people of Israel that if they would live for Him, those around them would see that they had been raised out of the darkness. The Israelites could influence lives and have incredible impact on the world, by living out who God made them to be.
Jesus says the same thing to us now. He calls those who follow Him the light of the world, and tells us to let our light shine. We don’t want to be caught sleeping and miss out on what He has planned for us; we need to rise and shine and move forward with our lives by doing great things for Him.
To rise and shine we have to wake up and get ready. We have to stop letting laziness overshadow what we can do with our lives, and not let anxiety keep us from doing what we are supposed to do. God’s vision for our lives is so much greater than anything we could ever imagine. He doesn’t want us to stay asleep because of the problems we are facing tomorrow. God wakes us up so that we can live every day—if you want to wake up, have the faith to believe in what He has done for you. Then, prepare for every day. Let Christ salvage you and show you how to begin to live you.