My Dear Boy leaves the country in 9 days for a mission on the other side of the world. His deepest desire is to bring hope to the people he will encounter, and to share with them the love that God has for them. And yet he is constrained. He isn’t free to openly share the Gospel with everyone he meets.
In order to have any hope to talk about Christ. Dear Boy has to Shine! We are the light of the world, are we not? And where he intends to go has great darkness.
Shine so that those you encounter will wonder what makes you different.
That’s sort of a rough summary of the Newsboys song, “Shine.” One of my favorites! Dear Boy expects to work alongside the people of his area, doing their same work with a fervor that makes him stand out. The country has many physical needs and he plans to lend muscle to those needs. His attitude and consistency will show. They will be the telling difference as to whether or not people will notice his light. My prayer is that his light will show.
Shine so that, through you, others can see Him. ~CS Lewis
The way the Bible put it is, “let your light shine before others, so they may see your good works and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16” Dear Boy hopes that, as people get to know him and see the light shining in him, they will ask him why he came. Why he works so hard. Why he has joy. Then would be the time that he can share with them about Christ’s love. My prayer is that he will have the exact words to speak at the perfect time.
Shine because the joy is too big not to.
Dear Boy is in the midst of preparing for this journey. Shopping, getting advice from others, making lists, packing, packing again. But he and his team are spending long periods of time in prayer, conscious of the opportunity that lies before them and the need they have for the Holy Spirit to move ahead of them. His prayer is that the Lord will make him ready for the plan He has for him. My prayer is that the Lord makes Dear Boy’s joy so big, he can’t help but SHINE!
Through all of this, I can’t help but feel shame. Dear Boy is going into a place with the specific intent of telling others about Christ. But isn’t that the way we’re supposed to live our lives everyday? Aren’t we always supposed to SHINE and tell?
Your Turn: What does SHINE look like to you?