3. Don't try harder... Plug into the Word of God - Isaiah 60:20
3. Don’t try to shine harder… plug into the source of light… God. Daily immerse yourself in the Word of the God. -Is 60:20
Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end.-Is 60:20
We can all remember our teacher at school telling us that we just need to apply ourselves. Mom would tell us to try harder. Dad would add, "Don't try...do!" Our coach would tell us to get our head in the game and practice harder...go, go, go. Our boss would tell us that we really needed to want it and then it would happen.
But in our walk with the Lord I think we try that same thing and we fail miserably every time. You can not succeed just by trying harder. The Apostle Paul tells about trying harder in Romans 7 and he compares the experience to a wretched, battle-weary, soldier fighting in his own head. It's a battle we can't win. "Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?" (Ro 7:24)
Shining bright in 2017 is not just a New Years Resolution. Resolutions often fail because people try hard but aren't willing to make the necessary long-term lifestyle changes to make it happen.
The answer for Christians is before you try to shine you have to "plug in" to the source of power. Yes, just like the old lamp sitting by my bed. It has to be plugged into the outlet before it will give light for me to read by.
Christians need to plug into the Word of God. We need to plug into God as the source of power to shine. We need to plug into Jesus to shine his light. We need to plug into the Holy Spirit so he can help us shine everyday in every way. We need to plug into God's word and pray if we are going to shine.
That is one of the reasons that I am encouraging our congregation to read through the Bible this year. Daily Bible reading helps you to plug into the real source of light so that we can reflect his glory and not just a work of our own hands.
May God bless you today as you plug into the source of power and shine bright for him.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear God, Your are an ever-present source of light into my life. I want to shine for you. Thank you for the tools I need to shine. Thank you for the Word and the Spirit. Help me to continue to reflect your light in all that I do. In Jesus' name, AMEN!