Be a Star

 

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing,  that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,…” Philippians 2:14-15

Frequently in this world, we hear the message “Be a Star!” Maybe it isn’t always said quite like that, but think about it. 

  • Reach for the stars
  • Go for the gold
  • Be the best you
  • Be true to yourself
  • Be awesome today

And many more, right? Not that there is anything wrong with trying to be your best, staying true to who you are, and dreaming big dreams. It’s all about perspective, isn’t it? Doing those things through God’s strength, for God’s glory, to fulfill our God-given purpose.. yep, totally fine. Of course, in the world, we often find these lines of encouragement being very *I* centered. They all focus on me, and my desires, my experience, my dreams, and my awesomeness.

But the Bible tells us to be stars, too, doesn’t it? And it looks nothing like the world thinks it looks. 

Actually, to get the whole idea, we need to back up to the beginning of Philippians 2. Verses 14 and 15 are like a bullet point summary.

Look at what we find when we read Chapter 2:

  • have the same mind and love<—be in unity
  • do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit
  • count other more significant than yourselves
  • look to the interests of others in addition to your own
  • be like Jesus, a servant to others

These things look very different than the world, don’t they? And now notice the “therefore,” both of them, which means, “keep going, this next part is connected.” (More or less.)

Through this kind of living, we continue to work out our salvation through/by God who is working in us, SO THAT through living a lifestyle without grumbling and disputing with others, we may then SHINE like a multitude of Jesus lights (some translations say “stars,”) in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation.

Basically, living like this stands out. It’s NOT the norm. People notice it. And when they see this, they see Jesus. So my friends, in the midst of a world that feels the need to tear others down, step on people’s backs to reach their goals, look out for themselves only, and grumble and complain: BE A STAR.

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Amber Oliver

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