Twinkle Little Star
As we have been working through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount these last weeks, we have heard Jesus calling the Christian, the ‘light of the world’ (Matthew 5:14). Through faith in Christ which brings the miracle of new birth and salvation to our lives (John 3:3,16) we can shine as a light in this world because Jesus (the light of the world) lives in us and gives us the ‘light of life’ (John 8:12). There is also a place in the book of Philippians where the Christian is described as ‘stars’ in the night sky, shining to a dark world. (Philippians 2:15)
I got to thinking about being the light of the world and a shining star. Should people be coming up to us and asking, “Twinkle, twinkle, little star how I wonder what you are”? Of course, no one would put it this way but I hope people are wondering what we are because we are shining like stars with the light of Jesus in our person.
When our children were little, Lori would write short notes to our children and place them in their school lunches. She may write a bible verse or some encouraging word or phrase. One of her most used phrases was the three-word reminder:
“Shine, Shine, Shine” … and then she’d add smiley faces.
Lori was reminding our children of the faith they had in Jesus and the light of Jesus that they could express through the day to their teachers and classmates. This is the word for us: Shine, Shine, Shine with a big smile on our faces. But why?
Shine, Shine, Shine …. with the light of Christ’s love to make the world a better place?
Shine, Shine, Shine … with the light of Christ’s joy to bring and a smile to the people of our world?
Shine, Shine, Shine …. with the light of the goodness of Christ so that others may feel loved and wanted?
Of course, Yes! But there is even a better reason for shining like a star with the light of Jesus. Remember what Jesus said,
“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
The point of being a light is to make the world a better place, but most importantly to reveal and declare the Lord who lives in our lives. I think of the verse that speaks of the Father’s ultimate desire which is to see people come to know His Son Jesus and receive the eternal life He has offered us,
“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3,4)
So with the light of Jesus living in us, we twinkle twinkle like little stars shining though the good deeds we do so that people might wonder what makes us like we are … and we tell them, “It’s Jesus”.