September 23, 2015

The Stars of Heaven!

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!