When you go through a significant change, it produces a profound impact on almost every area of your life. That change often changes your outlook on life and causes you to speak and act differently. Society calls it “Singing a different tune.” When you let Jesus into your heart, and he comes and cleans house and fills it with His Spirit, you start singing a new song. All those old things are in the past, and new life has sprung forth.
“Indeed, God is my salvation; I will trust him and not be afraid, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my song. He has become my salvation.”
Sing of Your Salvation
Isaiah chapter twelve is a short song that God gave to the people. God wanted to be the strength and song for the Israelites. Isaiah recognized that. Sometimes singing it in a song can help people remember better. That is the case here where Isaiah declares God is his salvation and the source of his strength. Because of this, Isaiah will sing about his trust. Do you have the song of salvation in your heart? Are His praises continually on your lips?
Notice Isaiah’s confidence. He is putting his trust in the Lord and refuses to succumb to fear. There are a lot of Christians that are paralyzed with fear. Want to know how to be set free? Start by singing a new song. I know songs from your generation are almost as good as the ’80s, but you need to put those away and sing unto the Lord. Many old and new worship songs take your eyes off of our problems and place your heart on the Lord.
Singing a New Song
When you start singing a new song, you will find the strength you never knew you had. The longer you sing that song, you will find that the fear starts to dissipate, and your trust will begin to grow. Open your heart and let Jesus reign and let your lips be full of His praise.
If your email inbox or social media feed is like mine, it is full of advertisements with programs for you to become the new you. Whether it’s for a revolutionary diet or for a workout program that will make you look twenty years younger, all of them promise more than they can deliver. Today’s passage challenges you to become complete in your faith. This is something that you can accomplish.
“Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”
Grow in Your Faith
The Apostle Paul writes his farewell to the Corinthians. He encourages them to become complete, be comforted, and like-minded. The church in Corinth had a problem with spiritual maturity and unity. Paul wants them to work on these areas, but what does it mean to “become complete?” It’s not becoming perfect but growing in your knowledge of Jesus Christ. The Corinthians thought they were experts in a few areas, but they lacked in many of the vital ones.
It is easy to focus on a few areas of Scripture and shun the rest. People don’t do it knowingly unless it is in areas like end-times or spiritual gifts. (Interesting note, every believer is encouraged to be knowledgeable in both of those areas 1 Cor 12 & Rev 22) If you spend most of your time in the New Testament, commit to reading the Old Testament. If you lean towards good works, read a lot about grace and mercy. Paul wants you to push yourself to become complete in all areas of theology and Scripture. This will impact every area of your life.
As you enter the new year, challenge yourself to become complete in your faith. Read your Bible every day. Sit under the teaching of a pastor who teaches through Scripture. Listen to podcasts and read books that will explain what complex subjects mean. At the end of next year, you will be more complete than when you started. You will also notice that petty issues that affected you in the past won’t even register on your radar.
There are few things more painful than stepping on one of your kid’s blocks in your bare feet in the dark. I’m exaggerating, but at that moment, the surprise pain as you grope around for the light is brutal. Turning on a light before you entered the room would’ve reduced the risk. Jesus came as a light to a dark world, and He calls you to light up your world.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Life In You
In John 8:12, Jesus tells His listeners that He is the light of the world. The Apostle John tells us in John 1:4 in Him is life, and that life is the light in us. So you are to shine that light to the whole world. Don’t hide it under a bushel but be like a city on a hill whose light is seen from afar. You should light up your world with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
There is a danger that every believer needs to be aware of. That danger is walking in darkness. When you try to have the pleasures of this world and still follow Jesus, you are walking in darkness and lying to yourself. (1 John 1:4) You can’t coexist in both worlds because they go in opposite directions. You need to either go towards the light or remain in the darkness.
Light Up Your World
When you reflect the light of Jesus, you bring hope to those who are lost. Sure, some will react poorly because they love the darkness more than the light but keep shining. As you live for Christ, you will reflect the light of Christ. People watch you twice as much as they are listening—light up your world.