What am I talking about? Not only with the “star” comment, but “to Bethlehem”?
Let’s take a step back and look at something. I want to show you something that I came across when I was reading my Bible the other day. It’s a new thing that I had not put together. I want to share with you this little treasure.
So I’m reading in Philippians. Just going along. Loving it. I do love this book. But as I’m going, I get to chapter 2. Then I come to verse 14. It starts by telling people to 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.
That’s great. So don’t wine and complain. I like that, except for when I want to whine and complain. Whoops, it just got real. I don’t like it when people whine and complain. But I want to feel justified when I do.
WAIT! What does this have to do about identity?
Well, this is what popped for me next.
Back up. I have a dream. No I’m not Martin Luther King, but he doesn’t own the copywrite to that phrase. I have a dream too.
I have a dream of a generation that has victory over their identity.
So when I read about generations in the Bible, often I remember that dream.
So if I have a dream for you, and an entire generation to have victory in their identity in Christ, why did this passage pop off the page for me? Check out the last part of Phil 2:15. This is what it says.
“15. 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 16. as you hold out the word of life.”
Guys, God wants us to shine like stars. First we know our identity, we are children of God. Then we hold out the Word of Life, which is Jesus.
When we know who we are and we bring Jesus to the front of it, we shine like stars.
As you walk, with growing victory in your identity, you shine. Not only will people be drawn to you, but just like the star on the way to Bethlehem, those who want to see Jesus, will follow you, the star, to find Him enter the world for them. WOW. This is awesome.
You can literally light the way to Jesus for those around you. You are the STAR to Jesus. So I invite you to live like it.
My Invitation to you.
This Christmas season, how are you showing the way to Jesus? Even in a world of inclusivity, we must live like it. Remember, if we are supposed to be inclusive, to everyone’s views, then the world must include our views too. And our view, is that Jesus is God. They can deal with that. Now, I invite you to shine brighter then any star. Let’s light the way to Jesus.