Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever. Daniel 12:3 (NLT)

How many stars do you know in the world of entertainment that have flamed out? Once brilliant, they’ve lost their luster only to realize the temporary nature of fame. Daniel tells us how we can be eternal stars! He says the real stars of heaven are those who are wise and lead many to God’s righteousness. That righteousness, the Bible says, can only be found in God’s Son, the Lord Jesus. He is the righteousness of God. When we come to Christ, we receive His righteousness that makes us right with God!

Daniel says that you and I can become true stars, radiantly beautiful in God’s sight! Jesus called His followers the light of the world. Then He said, 

… let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

In what ways can you let your light shine? People are living in darkness all around us. Simple acts of kindness can make a world of difference in demonstrating God’s love and light to others.  Turn up the lumens and let God’s light shine through you today. Think of those in your world that need encouragement, hope, a kind word, support, mercy, love, a friend, or even some physical support or provision that God may use you to share. Ask God to open your eyes to see others as He sees them, to burden your heart with what burdens His.

The darker the night, the brighter the stars shine. Shine where you are, regardless the darkness around you. How? John’s Gospel tells us, 

In Him (Christ) was life, and that life was the light of men. John 1:4 (NIV)

To turn on the light, you have to have the life of Christ in you. He’s the power that enables your light to shine. Like a mirror, we reflect the radiance of His glory when we keep our eyes on Him.  When His life is reflected through what we do and say, we have the opportunity to lead many to God’s righteousness and shine like the stars forever! Be a star in someone’s life today!

  1. Amen! Thank you for this great reminder, as I head out into my day this morning, mid-week, to be the light for Christ to others, perhaps in ways, I may not even recognize myself, yet, that others do, just as I have, early on in my walk with the Lord, the witness many have been to me, and continuing through to where God has me now, as He uses many that light my path with the presence of Jesus Christ, that I may be His light to others. Thank you Pastor Kerry and Chris for your daily encouragement, may you be blessed today, as your light shines outward, as you lead your flock. Many blessings to you and yours!

  2. It’s so natural and easy to not only mislead others but yourself with false emotions or perceptions. The world is a foul place porous with selfishness and hate. But, it also contains beauty and hope. It’s all a matter of how you perceive the world around you and where your focus is.

    As today transpires, I must remind myself and make it a conscious effort that others do not know what I am thinking, feeling, believing, or what may have happened or will happen. Thus, my mood will always be under scrutiny of others whether I realize it or not. The simple truth is that we are visual and attentive beings. We watch, listen, and analyze everything around us. Some of us are better than others, or more attuned to expressing and communicating this, but all in all, each of can recognize wen someone is bothered, annoyed, sad, happy, or something is on their mind.

    So it is up to us to ensure that what others see of and in us is something they want to emulate. Therefore, our focus should always be on God and being like Him in order to guarantee a righteous reflection and image to the world. It’s hard to do when corruption or injustice attacks you from every corner, but just remember, God is greater than all the evil that Satan can throw at you, and He can dissolve it with a simple flick of His finger.

    Imagine, when you go to the eye doctor and she shines the bright light into your pupil to see the details of your retina, what does she say first? “Look over there” or “Look here.” Why? So that you are not blinded by the light and caused damage to your pupil and retina. We can take this same concept and use it for our own lives. We may be in a storm of disaster, sorrow, or hopelessness, but we can overcome it and get through if we “alter” our focus. When you do that, the harm cannot harm you anymore and is merely a slight irritation.

    Trust in God, focus on Him at all times, and you will be a light unto the world. Even a tiny spark illuminates the dark. Little by little is all it takes. One person can change the world.

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