“Rise up and shine, for your light has come. The shining-greatness of the Lord has risen upon you. 2 For see, darkness will cover the earth. Much darkness will cover the people. But the Lord will rise upon you, and His shining-greatness will be seen upon you. 3 Nations will come to your light. And kings will see the shining-greatness of the Lord on you. – Isaiah 60 v 1- 3
As I sat down to write this morning, my pen took a little bit of scribbling before it fluidly came out of the nib. So often that is us. We take a little bit of mess before we become flexible to what God has for us. The art of taking pen to paper proves to us that everything beautiful, can be transformed and changed under some pressure. What I like to call this in the kingdom of God is – heavy rain. God teaches us that just like the pressure on the nib of the pen, rain may be painful – but rain cleanses, refreshes, and creates a clearer perspective. For fog, sunshine and wind are fleeting but in Northern Ireland rain is steadfast – just like pain may be. Rain reveals strength, it reveals a deep, stomach twisting hunger within you. It reveals what you are willing to fight for. It reveals what you say you believe because you know it’s the Christian way and what you truly believe. God wants us to be honest, vulnerable, broken and empty all at the time. Not because he wants to leave us there but simple because he wants to adorn worth over you and fill you with himself.
For so long in the media we have witnessed Instagram posts, bios and Pinterest snaps saying ‘define yourself’ – well I put it to you today that defining yourself is actually the worst thing you could ever do. For being defined by God is so much greater. Without God it’s all worthless. Have you ever really thought about it? Why in the grand scheme of things does it matter that you have value? God called you to have value out of love for every bone, muscle and fibrous tissue inside your body. He called you to have value because he created you. Because he took you out of himself. Because he looked at the world and seen the very thing he created in his likeness lonely – so he dreamed you up. He knew the world needed one of you. He created you in his likeness. He created you with passion, creativity, full of love and a wonder at his hand. He created woman out of man in order to co-reign the earth. This means you have worth because God loves you, because he called you to reign and because you are created in his likeness.
My heart for you today is that you understand your worth because when you do – life for you ultimately changes. When you understand – down to your core, that God has created you, to live differently. You walk knowing you are crowned, you live knowing that what he has for you is greater than the world could offer. You live knowing that your body isn’t something to be speculated at, you realise that you aren’t a fast food restaurant where people come to get what they need and leave you feeling empty. You realise that because you have worth you deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and most of all love. When you understand this, then you treat others the way they were intended to be treated. This changes the world. The world needs more people who understand their value so they can understand the value of others. You are valuable because of who lives inside of you. You are valuable because he came to earth and died for you. You are valuable because he speaks and it is so. Never forget it, please – when you are found without, he is found within. Rise up, the world needs a generation who understand their value in a self-obsessed world. Your identity in him speaks louder than your identify in anything else.
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