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3rd Dec 2021


Fit in, Stand out

Christ shines His glorious light through our lives.
That is the key factor that helps us stand out as lights in this world.
We also stand out more powerfully when we shine our lights TOGETHER.


Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
2 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.
3 The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.

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. ISAIAH 60:1-3    NKJV


The prophet Isaiah encourages the nation of Israel that God’s glorious light is coming upon the nation.
Note that the light was coming to the nation – the people of Israel.
TOGETHER they would receive & reflect the glory & light of God.
We as Christians understand that light & glory to be Christ.
God’s glory & light rises upon & reflects off His people through Christ.
God’s glory & light to the world, through you, via Christ.

There are so many TOGETHER verses in the New Testament.
We function alongside others as a part of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:12-28).
God has commanded a blessing upon unity (Psalm 133) & Jesus prayed for it (John 17:20-23).
We are to work, & shine our lights, together as Christians & as churches.
Unity amidst the diversity that is the body of Christ.
Together we shine brighter for Him.

Humility & thinking of others before ourselves are the great forerunners of unity (Philippians 2:1-11).
Christian unity is something we receive in Christ rather than generate or work for.
It is a given & it carries powerful benefits & blessings.
Whenever & wherever we unite in Christ His light shines brighter.
SHINE bright for God’s glory TOGETHER.
Standing out with God’s glory & light on show.


For Reflection

  • What is my attitude towards Christians of differing traditions or theology?
  • How well am I doing in uniting with & working in partnership for the Gospel alongside others?
  • Mediate upon the powerful benefits & blessings of our unity in Christ.

A song relating to the theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that we are one ‘In Christ’,
Through the power of Your indwelling Spirit grace us with the humility of Christ,
That we may work powerfully together in the partnership of the Gospel,
Shining Your light & reflecting Your glory in to this world.
Help us to celebrate the diversity you have gifted the body of Christ with,
Whilst breaking down the divisions that exist amongst us.
In the mighty name of Jesus,
Amen.

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