by Terry J. Hallock

Keep on Shining
Terry J. Hallock
Philippians 2:12-16
April 2, 2000

The power and the purpose granted to every believer in Jesus Christ are captured in one soaring phrase of Philippians 2: "YOU SHINE LIKE STARS IN THE UNIVERSE AS YOU HOLD OUT THE WORD OF LIFE". The Gospel of John proclaims that in Jesus "was life and that life was the light of men." (John 1:4). In Matthew Jesus calls us -- His Church -- "the light of the world". And in 1 Peter 2:9 the Apostle describes us as "...a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." The moment we came to Jesus by faith through grace His light began to shine through our lives. Our purpose and our promise is that as we "hold out the word of life" we will be so like Jesus, so filled with Jesus, so liberated in Jesus that we literally shine like stars.

In a world covered by the darkness of violence, anger, rage and death, we who have been called out of that darkness into the marvelous light of Jesus can shine with His light of love and peace. In a world drowning in the darkness of suffering we have been equipped to shine with Jesus' light of healing. In a world awash in the darkness of deception and delusion we have been filled with the light of Jesus' truth. In a world inundated with the darkness of immorality we can shine with Jesus' light of purity. In Jesus we can be so radiant that in the midst of life's dark storms shipwrecked sailors about to crushed on rocky shoals of destruction can look up, see His light in our lives and find their way home. We are stars in the universe. We are a lighthouse on the shore. We are a shining city set on a hill. We are candles washing away the shadows and lamps aglow with the light of Jesus.

If we'll keep on shining lives darkened by sin will see His light and come to cleansing and forgiveness. If we'll keep on shining minds filled with fear and dr ...

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