We have all witnessed at one time or another a video clip that has gone viral on the internet. It has piqued the interest of many for various reasons-some entertaining, some inspiring, and some slanderous. Most recently an endearing clip has gained popularity featuring a young father and his infant son. The father holds a “conversation” with the tot, while he “answers” back in gibberish. It is winsome and reminiscent for many of us who have engaged in such dialogue. With the capability of the internet, such stories, pictures, and videos seemingly catch fire and spread; hence the term viral.
In order for something to be set on fire and proliferate, it must have exposure to a catalyst. Isolation, darkness, and burial prevent the unfurling or advancement. Isaiah chapter 60:1 NKJV encourages us to get stirred up, as change is coming. It reads, “Arise, SHINE; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. SHINE is the Hebrew word #215 owr, pronounced ore, meaning to be luminous, break of day, glorious, kindle, set on fire. In order to SHINE in this context where the glory of the LORD rises upon us, a two part process occurs. We not only become recipients of God’s light, but we also are reflectors of it. Proverbs 27:19 ESV says, “As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.” Our hearts are the measuring device that mirrors our true character. Our character defines us as either a giver or taker. Takers are the proverbial receivers only. Their litmus test for everything is predicated on the idea, “What is in it for me?” Greedy and selfish people isolate themselves burying whatever they have into the “me pit”. Givers on the other hand, walk in gratitude and look to the needs of others seeking ways to be of service. Givers SHINE by reflecting the light of Jesus and His glory that has risen upon them because they embody the two part process of receiving and reflecting the love of Jesus. Adopting a taking mentality causes the light that has come to SHINE ebb away like a dying ember due to living life with no reflection of Christ. Generosity kindles the fire and sets it aflame as its intended purpose to SHINE. A generous person overflows with the goodness in their heart. That goodness spills over to another and another and another. Exposure from the glory of the LORD SHINES and kindles an unquenchable fire replicating itself over and over. This is the viral phenomenon worthy of captivating our attention.
We have a choice. We can SHINE and be part of a movement to take the love of Jesus to the ends of the earth. Or we can receive and fade away like old news. Our hearts will reflect which option prevails.