Don’t you secretly, or not-so-secretly, want to shine like a star, to stand out, to be brilliant?
I’m going to tell you how to do it.
Actually, Paul told us how to do it in a letter he wrote from a jail cell to a first century church in Philippi. Here’s what you do, he said, “…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 as you hold out the word of life…” Phil. 2:14-15
What could possibly precede Paul’s “so that” as the qualification for shining like a star in the universe?
It must be something like a Mother Teresa inspired life spent caring selflessly for the poor. Her star still shines brightly. Perhaps theological brilliance, like that of Paul himself, is the requirement. It could be that great faith, wild generosity, or world-changing accomplishments like curing cancer or negotiating lasting peace in the middle east are justifications for star status.
Nope. None of the above.
Are you ready for Paul’s formula for attaining shining star brilliance?
Here it is: “Do everything without complaining or arguing…”
That’s it? I think it might be easier to cure cancer.
“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 the stars in the universe as you hold out the world of life…” Phil. 2:14-16