Monday, June 16, 2014

Shine Out For God!

“Do EVERYTHING without grumbling or arguing, 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 as you hold firmly to the word of life.” Philippians 2:15

Having three daughters, two who are young adults and one who is a teenager, allows for our home to be filled with energy, excitement, drama and laughter! Truly our daughters keep my husband and I young and energized and we love and embrace their zest for life! However, there are times, even with all the “fun”, when we can all slip into what I call a “complaining” frenzy. 

The Bible says that when we refrain from complaining, grumbling or arguing, we shine like stars in our world! I am not referring to the “stars” many admire in Hollywood - those "stars" require millions of dollars and lots of makeup in order to show an image that is more for entertainment than for real life. Instead, I am referring to the stars that God has placed in the sky to shine brightly like brilliant diamonds in the night.

Many jewelers will advertise their diamonds in front of a black backdrop and shine a light on them in order for the diamond to reflect the brilliance of the light. That is what God wants to do in our life! He wants us to reflect His brilliance for His glory as we shine brightly amongst the billions in this world who complain, grumble and argue.

It is very rare to find a person who never complains or grumbles  – that is why - when we refrain from complaining, we will be like that diamond against the black backdrop of this world.

“A transformed life is an effective witness to the power of God’s Word. Are you shining brightly, or are you clouded by complaining and arguing? Don’t let dissensions snuff out your light. Shine out for God. Your role is to shine until Jesus returns and bathes the world in his radiant glory!” Commentary

In this world we may never "star" in the leading role on the big screen, but we can have even a greater role in the BIGGER screen called life. The Bible says to do EVERYTHING without complaining, grumbling and arguing. By doing so, by His grace, we can be like the stars in the sky reflecting God's beautiful light and changing the world around us one person at a time.

"...Let Your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16

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