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Shine Like Stars in the Sky!

Philippians 2:15-16

15 Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgHave you ever looked out into the night sky and watched the stars? If you live in an urban area – this might be a little hard – but if you live in a rural area like I do – it is a sight to behold. The stars shine brightly in the clear night sky. I use to love sitting on the roof top of a home we use to live in – watching the sky (my room have a window that opened onto the roof and I slipped out there some nights – my parents didn’t know – I think).

Let’s look at today’s passage in partial context. Philippians 2:12–18 – 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. 14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”  Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

We’re called by today’s passage to shine among them like stars in the sky. We are called to be a witness for Jesus – to shine like stars – to hold firm to the word of life. We’re called in the same passage – expanded a little – to work out our salvation – and to do so with reverence – with fear and trembling. As God works in us – through us – and in spite of us – we are to let our light so shine before men and women that they see Jesus! Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

We are called to shine for Jesus! I saw a number of stars they shone this past weekend at the Men’s Southern Maryland Emmaus Walk. I also heard that folks were letting their light shine at the Kiaros weekend – the walk in the prison at Hagerstown. FUMC was represented at both walks and God was the One who received the glory!

Shine – each day – like stars in the sky – for Jesus! Think about ways you can shine for Jesus at work – at home – in the community around you – wherever your day takes you!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

P.S. – Thanks to all Veterans for their service to God and Country!

November 11, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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