This is a call to arise (get up; stand up), be steadfast and persistent, and to let our lights (Jesus Christ; our salvation; the gospel; purity; and truth) shine forth from us, so that those outside of faith in Jesus Christ may come to him and to know his saving grace. We may need this call because we have recently failed in our relationships with God and/or with others, and although we have repented, we may feel unworthy to be his servants and witnesses again. Also, we may require this exhortation because we are complacent about the fact that so many are dying without Christ and are going to hell, and/or because we are unconcerned for the spiritual condition of God’s people, and so God is saying “Wake up!” Or, this gentle encouragement may be necessary because we are disheartened over seeing so many lost without Christ, and over seeing the church in such a serious state of spiritual adultery and idolatry with no apparent end in sight; and/or because we have suffered much persecution, rejection and abandonment for our testimonies for Jesus Christ, and so sometimes it is just hard to stand when you feel as though you are often standing alone against the giants of doubt and fear, oppression and strong opposition. Yet, this is to encourage our hearts that God has all things under his control, that he will not abandon us, that he has a plan and a purpose for our lives, and for all we are going through, and he will work it all out for the salvation of human lives and for the revival of his church, and we should thus rest in his promises, in his love, and in his sovereignty. Arise and Shine / An Original Work March 6, 2014 / Based off Isaiah 60 Arise and shine; your Lord has come. Allow His light to flow through you, For many walk in wickedness. Show them the way to life anew. Arise and shine. Your Lord loves you. Lift up your eyes, and look about. Some do believe, while others doubt. Believe in all God’s promises. The many will, In Christ, find rest. Lift up your eyes, and you’ll be blessed. Arise and shine; salvation comes To all who trust in Christ, God’s Son. Forgiven of their sins, they’ll be, When they repent on bended knee. Arise and shine, so all will see. Lift up your eyes, and see your Lord. He will revive his church, forlorn. Though humans have forsaken you, They will find Christ, and walk in truth. Lift up your eyes; God honors you.