YOU ARE THE ONE We read a lot of stories in the Bible where God called people for a special mission, and instead of obeying him, they tried to give our excuses, trying to prove to God that they are not the ‘right’ choice for the job. When Moses was called he said he was slow of speech and slow of tongue, Jeremiah said he don’t know how to speak for he is only a boy; another one said: first let me go and bury my father, and the list goes on and on. It’s kind of saying: Yes Lord, here I am, but send somebody else! Do you know that God is still calling people each day to do his mission? Think, if He calls you today, what would be your response? As we come towards the end of this year, I am reminded of the words of God in Isaiah 60:1-4 “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side”. Isaiah 60:1-4 (NKJV) God is calling each one of us to arise and shine. Direct translation from the Hebrew bible says, arise-you, light-up you. The word for “arise” has several meaning including endurance, to be set, to be fixed or to persist. The absolute goal is to ‘shine’ – to become light and to give light in the darkness of this world. The good news is: this light does not originate from us, we are not the source. The Bible points us to the source – Jesus. This is what He say: “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NKJV). He is the only light for the whole world. John the Baptist testified saying: “That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world”. John 1:9 (NKJV) Do you know that the world without Lord Jesus Christ is in total spiritual darkness, hopelessness, desperate and ends up in destruction? As believers of Jesus Christ, knowing that He abides in us, we ought to illuminate his light to the world through our words and deeds. This is what Jesus says: “You are the light of the world … Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”. Matt 5:14,16 (NKJV) Two important ideas are here: You shine for people to see you, and not for you to see the people. In other words, we have to live what we say and say what we live so that people would see Christ through us. Isaiah points to the ultimate result: The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you and say to you “we want to know more about ‘your’ Jesus” Do you know that the spiritual darkness in the lives of people does not get out of them by having wealth, or modern technology or the best education, or enforced laws and bylaws or good governance! Only Jesus can do that. Now He is calling you as an individual and the church at large to arise and shine in our families, neighborhood, and state and wherever God has put us. Let us make these to be our goals: First: For personal spiritual growth – live depending absolutely on the Word of God, live a life of prayer, long to gather with other Christian in worship, bible study groups and fellowship groups. Second, For the world around us – share the Gospel through our words and deeds.Let not fear or unbelief or any other excuse overtake us. You are the one who God has called for his mission. Arise and Shine.