“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9, NLT
Grace has called your name. You once were stained, but now you are clean. When you thought that there was no hope, God set your feet on solid ground
and redirected your steps. No longer do you sit in darkness, but rather you have been called into his marvelous light.
You are a new creation, his special treasure. You are chosen for greatness. He has big plans for you, and they are going to far exceed anything that you could ever ask him for or imagine. He will give you the vision to see if you look toward the light and trust him. You do this by abiding in him, meaning that you intentionally spend time reading his Word. You are daily seeking his wisdom
for your life. You are having regular conversations with the One who knows you better than anyone else.
Because you have such an intimate relationship with your Father, you now have access to all the blessings and favor that belong to those of royal birth. However, being given such authority means that you must use it wisely. The purpose of this gracious gift is to point others to the light. Reach your hands to heaven, and proclaim the praises of the One who saved your life.
You will never be ashamed of what Jesus has done for you and will refuse to hide your light under a basket. The world may not understand your light, but remember that light is attractive. Jesus is attractive. Your job is not to produce the light, it is simply to shine his light. You just be you, and he will do the rest. Once you were nothing, but now you are God’s highly favored and blessed child. You have received mercy and are made to shine. Your future is unbelievably bright.
April Rodgers, Made to Shine
O Lord, what can we say but thank you! May you be glorified
each and every day as I shine brightly for you alone! Amen.