February 27, 2008

Shining stars

“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, in which you shine like stars in the universe.”
Philippians 4:15

I love to look at the moon and stars. There is nothing more beautiful than a full moon reflecting off the surface of the ocean. I could rest under the moon on the beach for hours and just gaze at its radiance.

As I look upon the moon and stars, they paint a picture to me of God (the moon) surrounded by the saints (the stars). The stars seem to fade in the presence of the moon’s radiance and beauty. Even as beautiful as the stars are on their own, they seem less bright in the presence of the moon. Our witness can be bright in a dark world but will pale in comparison to the light of our Heavenly Father. Even still, scripture tells us that we are to be pure and blameless so that we may shine like stars in the universe. The very thought of that excites me because I look upon the moon and stars in amazement and realize how awesome and big God is. He created that moon and those stars!

As believers we have been made pure by the blood of Christ and should shine like those stars and be a reflection of Him. Just as those stars shine with such radiance, we should do the same. All believers have sinned and have been cleansed by Christ. Does it mean we will never sin again? Of course not. But, it does mean that we should focus everyday on our Father’s face and desire to walk with Him and in Him, so that we are His reflection.

There should be something different in our lives that radiates from our being. It should be noticed by those we encounter daily. We have to remember that the world will put us under a microscope or telescope, in this case just watching and waiting for us to stumble and fall. We can not walk in constant fear of what man thinks because it will cause us to take our eyes off of our Father’s face, and we will indeed fail.

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
But whoever trusts in the Lord is
kept safe.”
Proverbs 29:25

We must keep our gaze upon the Lord and live to honor, glorify and please Him everyday. He alone knows our hearts, and only He may judge our intentions. He loves us unconditionally and only wants good for us. In return we should shine like those beautiful stars He created in the heavens and reflect His perfect light.
"Father help me to live my life everyday as a shining light that reflects Your glory and radiance. Help me to live a life that is noticed by others and that draws attention to You and Your greatness. I desire to walk with You and in You, constantly seeking Your face striving to do Your will. May my gaze always be upon You and You alone."
Written by Nicole

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