We Were Meant to Shine: Victory Series, Part 35 (Temptation)

WaitomoExit of the Waitomo Caves

There is a worm in New Zealand called the glowworm (Arachnocampa luminosa). It actually isn't a worm at all, but an insect, but it gets its name because in its larvae stage and pupa stage, it glows in the dark!

These bugs attract numerous tourists to the Waitomo Caves, where millions of them can be seen hanging from ceilings and walls. Who would have thought that people would actually pay to look at bugs! Don't we have enough of them in our own back yards?

If you take the boat trip in the caves however, you enter into a different world. No pictures can be taken, but what you will see will fill you with awe for a lifetime. Looking at the ceilings you will see these bugs shine. Because there are so many of them, it's as if you are looking at the night time sky, alit with millions of beautiful stars, swaying delicately from side to side.

Why do glowworms shine? As they hatch from their eggs, the glowworm builds a nest and produces a sticky substance in the shape of threads. These threads, swaying out over the water, "light up" to attract their food -- the abundant insects in the wet, dark cave. The light emitted comes from a chemical reaction of Luciferin, Luciferase, Adenosine triphosphate and Oxygen. Imagine all of those chemicals in such a tiny bug! With all that, they really can't help but shine!

The same is true for every follower of Christ: "Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand - shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven." (Matt 5:16 The Message)

We can't help but shine, because our lives were meant to shine! How? By being who we are: followers of the Christ! "Then their good character will shine through their actions, adding luster to the teaching of our Savior God." (Titus 2:10 The Message)

This kind of shining, which is our purpose in this life, will draw us closer to the Lover of our soul. It will also dim any temptation that may come our way. Have you noticed that the devil will try to create any kind of obsession in order to keep us from shining? And those who stay discouraged do not shine because of the remaining obsessions with things that they were never supposed to be distracted by in the first place!

What was the first thing Jesus did after he was tempted in the wilderness? He went to Capernaum to witness! "From that time on Jesus began to preach, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.'" (Matt 4:17 NIV)

After His resurrection He invited His followers to meet Him in Galilee. Not everyone was convinced, however. Some doubted! "Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted." (Matt 28:16-17 NIV)

What is Jesus' cure for doubters? What is His solution for those going through temptation (See Matt 4:17)?

To go witness! "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." (Matt 28:18-20 NIV)

Why witness in these situations? Because then we will experience Jesus in ways we would not have been otherwise possible! "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matt 28:20 NIV)

Our purpose to shine is not for God's benefits, and though it does benefit others, this is also not the purpose for us to shine. We are to shine in order to benefit ourselves! Doubt and discouragement evaporate! Temptations are transformed into opportunities as we take our stand and declare: "You do not attract me any longer! My focus is now on Jesus. He is the One who fills me with adrenaline! I have victory though Him!"

"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Cor 15:57 NIV)

If you wish to be like a glowworm, start being the follower of Christ you have declared to be. Let Him shine through you! You'll see, it will soon come naturally, and it will lead you into a life worth living, a life that will attract others to God because of your brightness.

We were meant to shine!

Rob Chaffart



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