The contemporary hymn, sung all over the world, “Shine, Jesus, Shine” was written by Graham Kendrick. In Kendrick’s own words: “A songwriter can give people words to voice something which is already in their hearts.”
When he first wrote this song for his home church, he didn’t use it because he felt something was missing. One day he was asked to submit a new song for a worship book. He pulled out this song and, in a half-hour, he wrote the refrain. It was the motivation he needed!
The refrain is: “Shine, Jesus, shine! Fill this land with the Father’s glory. Blaze, Spirit, blaze! Set our hearts on fire. Flow, river, flow! Flood the nations with grace and mercy. Send forth your word, Lord, and let there be light.”
Verse one is a prayer asking for the Lord’s light. Some of the words are: “Lord, the light of your love is shining. In the midst of the darkness, shining…” Verse two expresses that the brightness of our Lord becomes part of us! “As we gaze on your kingly brightness, so our faces display your likeness. May our lives tell your story.”
This is, indeed, a very powerful song! Shine, Jesus, shine! Shine, people, shine!
Max Lucado, in his book “It’s Not About Me” suggests that the MOON might be our role model for the way we live. In Lucado’s own words: “What does the moon do? She generates no light. Apart from the sun, the moon is nothing more than a pitch-black, pockmarked rock. But properly positioned, the moon beams. Let her do what she was made to do, and a clod of dirt becomes a source of inspiration. The moon reflects the greater light. And she’s happy to do so! You never hear the moon complaining. Let the cow jump over her or astronauts step on her; she never objects. The moon is at peace in her place. And because she is, soft light touches a dark earth. What would happen if we accepted our place as Son reflectors?”
Kendrick and Lucado are eloquently teaching an important element of Christianity: as disciples of Jesus, we are to reflect him by the way we live.
I invite you to think and pray about this question: how and when is Jesus reflected in your life?
Jesus DOES shine on us. That’s his part. We reflect him, his forgiveness, his sacrificial love, his peace, his grace, his joy, his cross. That’s our part, only accomplished by the light of Jesus!
Shine, Jesus, shine! Shine, people, shine!