Shining like the
Jesus’ parable about the
wheat and tares in Matthew 13 ends with the phrase – “the righteous will
shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” All that is dark and
evil will have gone at last.
We love the summer sun – but
it can get too much! I was hanging the washing out the other day and the
early morning rays were burning the back of my neck – even at 9 O’clock.
We occasionally find ourselves seeking shade in this country but the
idea of shining like the sun would have carried much more weight to
Jesus’ hearers in the Middle East. People there have to cover up
carefully from the heat of the sun because it is so bright and so
Scripture often speaks of
the glory of God shining out. This rubbed off on Moses when he spent
time in the Lord’s presence and his face took on a radiant Ready Brek-like
glow, though this soon faded. Jesus suggests that when evil is finally
dealt with, those who are right with God will all blaze with God’s love
and glory. Those who have become part of his Kingdom are people who
should reflect everything about God; his character, his love and indeed
his glory. It should radiate from us even in this life which is but a
shadow of things to come. We are all made in God’s image and have the
potential to do this. Something should be visible for others to see.
Paul speaks of shining like stars in this warped and crooked generation
Earlier in the Sermon on the
Mount, Jesus challenged his hears about how to live in this mixed up and
messed up world: “...love your enemies and pray for those who persecute
you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his
sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous
and the unrighteous.” (5:44-5). Back in the famous parable Jesus says
that good and evil are all mixed up and growing together. We can’t sort
things out now but must be patient and trust in God for his just and
final judgement. And yes, the sun shines on everyone whether we deserve
it or not – and indeed the rain falls indiscriminately. We often don’t
welcome the latter but we must pray that the rains come to East Africa
sometime soon. We must cry out to God for our brothers and sisters there
who so need it.
So shine Jesus shine, fill
this land with the Father’s glory. Shine on us and help us to reflect
that glory and light to the dark and lost world around... because even
weeds can be transformed to wonderful radiant and fruitful wheat!
Enjoy the summer season and
take time to think and pray about being a God-reflector!
Janet joins me in sending
you very best wishes