3rd February 2012

Jesus Bids Us Shine

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, shining like stars in the universe”
Philippians 2:14-15 (NIV UK)

The winter skies are often wonderful. There have been several sightings of the aurora borealis, also know as the northern lights, so far this year. There have been a few nights recently when cloudless skies revealed a myriad of sparkling stars.

In our bling and dazzle society Christians often feel forced to find the next sensational way to portray the gospel. We think we need to draw attention to ourselves so that we can have a platform to proclaim Christ. We get involved in all kinds of questionable antics in order to get noticed. Dwight Moody, a nineteenth century American evangelist, wrote, “Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine”.

Paul was concerned that the Philippians understand the importance of example. He told them to stop grumbling and complaining. Was that how they drew attention to themselves? Were they agitators for causes? Trying to bring about social justice? Not that we should not be concerned about those things, but is that what the Christian Philippians were known for? The mark Paul wanted them to leave on society was that they should “shine like stars in the universe”, bringing light to dark situations.

The light is, of course, Jesus. This is the light that we are to let “shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

Be an example of the believer.

Shine like the stars in the universe.

Father, thank you for our calling, and help us to be examples of the light that is Jesus. Help us to shine like stars in the darkness of this world, In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson

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