What is ShineALight?

It’s been a long ride! Never in my life did I believe that I could keep a blog for as long as I’ve kept ShineALight. This month commemorates our 1.5 year anniversary (whoop whoop!). It’s been a long time coming, and consistency has been a ride but, I give God all the glory for how far He has brought this blog; and I certainly hope that you’re being blessed by this, and that you’re finding things to take away, encourage you, and (most importantly!) apply.

In honour of this half anniversary, I wanted to give a reminder about ShineALight; what it is we do and what it aims to achieve. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

What is ShineALight?
ShineALight stemmed from a quiet time that I spent with God, where He dropped it in my heart that’s it’s not enough for me to take the revelations that He gives me and keep them to myself, but that I need to share them and make people aware. This tied very closely with Deuteronomy 29:29 which says…

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. (NIV)

This shows that we have some responsibility to reveal and share with others those secret things that God reveals to us; so that we may all be careful to follow the word of God. The Bible tells us that we show our love to God by keeping his commandments; and how can we know His commandments unless we discover them in the Word? Also, the Bible also says…

“If you love me, keep my commands.”

John 14:15 (NIV)

Can it get any clearer than that? I share the things and words that God lays on my heart so that we can all know the word of God, get closer to Him, and enjoy His love even as God gets pleasure from us keeping His commandments.

But branching from this; ShineALight is also a call for Christians, and those who want to learn more about God, to live the life that God has called them to live – a life of fulfilment and value; serving others and being lights in this dark world. This is even more apparent when we’re faced with the darkness and atrocities that have risen in our world in these past days, weeks and months. The world at the moment is so so dark (and if we believe the Word, it’s scheduled to get darker); the only way that we can make it through and have some peace in this world is to let our lights shine; to show love to people even though it’s so so hard to do. But I thank God that we don’t have to do this alone. We have the Holy Spirit who understands, and helps us to love and even produces these fruits in us; and even more, we have each other and this platform to encourage one another even as we run this race.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

So, how do we ShineALight?
I believe that we primarily ShineALight by showing the glory of God through our actions; by behaving like the Christians we proclaim to be. By living and walking with the Spirit; asking Him to help us because we can do nothing by our own power.

Second to this is our gifts. Another way that we can #ShineALight is by using our gifts; to serve others (more on this to follow soon!).

And finally guys, please pray that even as I share these things with you, that God will give me the grace to follow the advice and words I give; that we will all grow in Christ TOGETHER!

Thank you so much guys; stay safe, and most importantly, be blessed.

Love
Ope ❤

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