I read through a familiar passage today in Philippians 2 : 14-15 – here is what it says:
“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”…
How good is that??? I have always loved those verses and they are especially significant with the “lighten up” challenge. But do you sometimes wonder “how am I supposed to be a light that shines like a star?” I mean, think about it – go outside and look at the night sky – stars are millions of miles away and they impact us down here on earth – that’s pretty powerful.
I definitely don’t feel like I make that much of an impact most of the time (or ever). Then, look at what God says about the stars
Here’s the thing, there are so many verses in the Word that we are familiar with and maybe even have memorized but when we take them in their context we can find such better meaning and understanding. Check out the very next verse (the one I don’t have memorized but should) its verse 16 and it tells us how we can be like stars: “as you hold out the word of life–in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.” –alright stay with me on this—to ‘hold out the ‘Word of life’ literally means: to have or hold upon, apply, to observe, attend to—to give attention to.
Wow! that’s what I’m talking about. In our quest to be lights and to shine like stars–we must maintain a focus and be intentional about ‘holding forth’ the Word of God in our lives–we have to APPLY the Word to our lives daily.
I hear many, many people talking about going deeper and so on in regard to bible study and teaching. The Truth is that it doesn’t get much deeper than “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength – and your neighbor as yourself” that’s pretty grounded and I wonder … how many of us have gotten caught up in our plans, our wants, and our desires? We should instead be asking what we can do for others or how we can put others first??
Let’s commit to being doers of the Word not just hearers. We are part of a ‘gimme-gimme’ and ‘me first’ generation… Jesus modeled the attitude we need to have and it’s described in the rest of Philippians 2, read it there and remember that we can shine like stars and have a HUGE impact if we keep holding forth the Word!!!!