Thursday, February 28, 2008

Shining as Stars

Shining as Stars


Ever wondered why do people complain so much? Maybe it’s because they think they are better? Maybe they think that they know more? Maybe they think that they don’t deserve what they are going through now. Maybe it’s because our human nature that is in us that makes complaining so natural. Come to think of it complaining has become part of our life so much we don’t even realize it when we complain. Can you agree to that?

Have you ever been in a situation where you complained? I’m sure everyone has, including me. Pause for a while and think this thought: what is our reaction when we complain? What happens when we complain, and what are the consequences? It goes no where right?

Now there are two possible reactions:

- The Human Nature

- The Godly Nature

The human nature is very obvious. We keep complaining and complaining but we never do anything about the situation we complain about. In the end, nothing gets done and things continue to go wrong.

Whereas the Godly nature is found in the book of Philippians 2:14 – 15,

“Do everything without complaining or arguing,

so that you may become blameless and pure,

children of God without fault in a crocked and depraved

generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe”.

The word of God clearly states that in everything we do, we do not complain nor argue. WHY not you may ask? In verse 15 it says that “so we may become blameless and pure”.

“WHY do we want to become blameless and pure then?” you may ask again. Well, imagine the stars you see at night. What do they do? Stars basically SHINE. They are bright, they are public, and they are noticeable. When people see stars (us as Christians), they see a blameless, pure star. Don’t you agree that we can really be influential that way? Don’t you think people would want to know more of why we do what we do when they see a difference in us?

The word of God also states that we may be of “without fault in a crocked and depraved generation”. This relates to the 1st point above, that when we are a blameless and pure star, in a very dark universe, in a generation where it is crocked and depraved, we shine out brightly without fault, with the identity that we are indeed Children of God.

So if we are in a situation in our life that’s really down on the dumps, just remember that we are to shine like stars, and that we persevere in our life without complaining or arguing, so that we may be blameless, pure, and without fault in the dark sky!


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