And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. -- Genesis 1:3-4 (KJV)
I have been thinking a lot about that star that drew the interest of both wise and simple men a couple thousand years ago.
According to the Scripture, this particular star was one of the first natural signs of the
prophecy that had foretold the birth of our Savior.
Those it gathered to the manger were seeking truth and peace in a world full of confusion and conquest.
When Jesus came to Earth this first time, God's people were under heavy oppression, both naturally and spiritually. The commandments and scriptural history of their forefathers had turned into nothing more than rituals and bedtime stories.
No one remembered that God looks on the heart, which determines one's lifestyle and acts of faith. Sin was easily dismissed by offering a sacrifice that was given with hardly any cost to the giver.
The lineage of Abraham had forgotten their true position; they had settled in with their conquerors, accepting foreign, pagan traditions.
At the time, the majority of Israel wasn't thinking of needing change. They all believed Christ would come "some day," but they weren't expecting Him then, especially not as a poor baby wrapped in rags inside a barn in Bethlehem.
Only a few were watching, waiting, and praying for His coming, and thus, only a few were really ready for Him.
Any of this sounding familiar?
There's no denying it. We are living in a world that is spiritually blinded and covered in darkness.
Man has mixed so many contemporary thoughts and ideas into the Truth until now, no one knows what to believe anymore.
Preachers have warned the people for years to be steadfast and prepared for the Lord's second coming.
Yet, today, the concept isn't much more than a mediocre Hollywood film. The urgency has faded and the congregations have conformed comfortably into religious routines.
The type of darkness we dwell in is thick with lukewarm lullabies, whispering words like "it doesn't really matter," "enjoy your life," "you're fine the way you are."
Isaiah 60:1-2 (KJV) states, "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee."
Stars serve several purposes, but the obvious one is that they are guiding lights.
Stars don't have to try to shine, they just do. There's a burning life inside of them that continues to glow. But it isn't until the curtain closes on the day that these fervent embers become visible.
The darker the night is, the brighter the stars gleam against the black backdrop.
"And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." (John 1:5 KJV)
Real believers stand out these days.
We are different in every way (at least we should be), and when the rest of the world looks at us, they just don't get it. Ever since the beginning, God had it planned this way: for His people to be separate from the chaos and perversion all around them.
This contrast also calls Christians to be like candles shining in the night for anyone searching for Salvation.
If that star the wise kings had followed had been given an audible voice, it probably
would have shouted, "He's here, He's here, come and see!" But it didn't
Most of the time, neither do we.
"But the wise will shine like the brightness of the heavenly expanse. And those bringing many to righteousness will be like the stars forever and ever" (Daniel 12:3, NET).
We are noticed more than we realize.
By serving the Lord in all we do, through our work ethic, the way we treat others, our appearance, the actions we abstain from, and the words we choose, we are a reflection of His light on a daily basis.
People may not always know why we are odd, but it's enough to get them curious to the point of finding out.
I don't know about you, but I want to be a vivid and bold bulb on God's billboard in these end times, pulling my energy from the main source, Jesus Christ, and guiding others to come and plug into Him as well.
Jesus told the disciples to make everyone aware of the Good News (Matthew 28:19-20). His message to us is still the same, except that now we have even more methods available for us to be His Christmas Lights.
You don't have to become a minister.
Love the Lord, glean from His Word, and the light will naturally illuminate from your heart and out into the open, catching the eyes of everyone you pass by.
We don't know how much longer we have until the Second Coming. But why
not live as though it is any day now?
Live it for the sake of those who are potentially lost for all eternity, who have never experienced God's warm ray of light upon their hearts.
Just like Jesus prayed in John 17:20-21 (NET), "I am not praying only on their behalf, but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their testimony...so that the world will believe that you
As darkness increases even more, let's remember to stand together this New Year, connecting our little lights to beam like one big spotlight, as Jesus continued: "The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one..." (John 17:22-23 ESV).
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!
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