How can a believer learn to shine like a star for Jesus?  That’s our topic today.

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.  (Phil 2:14-16)

This verse begins with an instruction that we should not grumble nor should we argue. 

 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!  (Jas 5:9)

You must let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for the building up of the one in need, that it may give grace to those who hear.  (Eph 4:29 NET)

And do not complain, as some of them did, and were killed by the destroying angel.  (1 Cor 10:10)

It is honorable for a man to stop striving, since any fool can start a quarrel.  (Pro 20:3)

An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression.  (Pro 29:22)

But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient . . .  (2 Tim 2:23-24)

We all know that there are many quick-tempered, damaged, and unscrupulous people in the world today.  We truly live among a crooked generation. 

Believers are called to encourage other people; to expose them to the hope that exists in Jesus; and to share the Good News of Jesus with all.   As we live for God and obey the morals and guidelines of the Bible, the Lord compares His children to bright, shining stars in a dark, joyless and threatening world.  Praise His Name! 

Let’s look at what the Bible says:

Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.  (Dan 12:3)

Arise, shine; for your light has come!  And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.  (Isa 60:1)

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.  (Mt 5:16)

Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!  (Mt 13:43)

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”  (Joh 8:12)

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  (2 Cor 4:6)

“Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”  (Eph 5:14)

We are called “the righteous” by the Word of God because we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, and He has become our righteousness.  Now is the day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2); it is time to SHINE LIKE THE STARS in the darkness of this world.   Allow the light of Christ in you, the hope of glory, to shine in all its beauty.

Be bold and courageous.  Go ahead and shine, brothers and sisters!

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