Rise and Shine!

Some rides at amusement parks are very popular and fun. Word gets around and soon, people will be standing in line for hours just to be able to spend five minutes on a ride. People talk about the amazing experiences they have had. Allow yourself to hear the Word of God so that you would be encouraged to go out and share the Good News with others so they will join you on the ride of a lifetime.

Has anyone ever woken you up with the words, “Rise and shine”? It originates from the Bible; God was speaking to the people of Israel through Isaiah, and in Ephesians, Paul reiterates Isaiah’s words. We are first told to wake up—God wants us to learn from Him and do something with our lives for Him, and if we are asleep spiritually, we can’t do anything. As long as our hearts are beating and our lungs are taking in air, God still has work for us to do. Isaiah 60:1-3 says, “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.” And in Ephesians 5:14 Paul says, “…the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, ‘Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.’

Sometimes, when challenges or tragedies occur, people question God or call Him evil for allowing bad things to happen. But as Christians we have to have our full confidence in God and not in the world. The death and resurrection of Jesus is our wake-up call; our Savior has power even over death! When you understand the Good News—the Gospel—there is no bad news that can ever trump your Good News!

Ephesians 4:22-32—“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. ‘In your anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

God calls us to take off something when we come to Him, and He tells us to put on something new. Putting on this new way of life in Christ allows us to “rise up from the dead” and get ready for life in Him; otherwise, we could miss an opportunity to share Him with someone in need. We are to shine with the light of Christ. We can shine by being thankful in all circumstances, being honest and truthful, honoring everybody and refraining from gossip, and being generous. As Christians we are on the ride of a lifetime…why wouldn’t we want to share it with the world?

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