The Tank (our youngest child) returned from a party the other day with the typical party gifts, including a glow stick. I thought, “Now there’s an idea for a word of encouragement!” Let’s see if I was right . . .
A glow stick is a self-contained, short-term light source that, once activated, cannot be turned off. This means that the glow stick can be only be used once until the light dies out. That seems like a great description of the call God has placed in our lives!
Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Here we have a command as strong as any other command in sacred Scripture. This is not a “suggestion” for the saints of God; it is what theologians call a “divine imperative,” and it is given to every child of God. Everyone who, by grace through faith, has put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, is commanded by God to be GLOW-STICK SAINTS!
How brightly have you been glowing for the glory of God lately? In our definition of the glow stick, we see some strong parallels that can be applied to the life of the Christian.
- Short-term – Even if we live to the ripe old age of 100, it is still short-term in light of eternity. Life is brief and fragile, and no one knows when they will take their last breath. Keeping the short-term aspect of life in view will keep us shining more brightly more often.
- Cannot be turned off – This is a biblical truth that cannot be denied. Once the Holy Spirit takes up residency in the heart of the believer, there is no “off” switch. To be sure, there are seasons when our light may not shine brightly; but make no mistake, the light is still there and simply cannot be turned off, because it is the light of the Spirit, not the light of the flesh.
- Can only be used once – The next time you are driving down the road and see a funeral procession, notice there are no luggage racks on top of the hearse. The reason, of course, is because that person is not coming back. We get one shot at this thing called life. Birth, death, and rebirth (reincarnation) is not part of the process. The Bible tells us, “People are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment” (Hebrews 9:27 NET).
God has called every Christian to shine His light in a dark world. We do this by living for nothing smaller than Jesus . . . and by doing so, we glorify our Father in heaven. This is what it means to be a glow-stick saint. And there is no greater thing we could be in this world!
I pray this message has encouraged you today, and that you will let your light “so shine” for the glory of God that the world will see and will glorify your Father in heaven.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!