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, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.–Philippians 2:14-16
One of the great symbols of Christmas is the Christmas star. We see it in pictures, shining over the stable. We hear about it leading the Wise Men to the infant Savior. Jesus is even called “the Morning Star.” Stars adorned our Christmas trees and outdoor decorations this time of year. And with good reason! The star is a great symbol of light in the darkness–particularly the light of salvation that shines amidst the darkness of sin.
While we rejoice in seeing and hearing about and decorating with stars at Christmas, perhaps we don’t always recognize that the star isn’t just a symbol of Christ and Christmas, but it is also a symbol of who we are, as people who follow Christ, not just at Christmas, but every day.
As Christians who have been given the light of faith in Jesus, we have also been given the status of being lights for Jesus. We are, as the verses above state, those who “shine like stars in the universe.” Who we are as Christians and how we live as Christians is a light to a world stuck in the darkness of sin. As we “hold out the word of life“–the light of Jesus Christ–we testify to the joyous light of Christ–the forgiveness of sins through him, and the promise of life eternal with him.
Kind of makes you feel pretty special, doesn’t it? It gives a little more purpose our lives, not only to how we live at Christmas time, but every day. So when you see that picture, hear about the Wise Men, listen to the Word of life regarding your Savior, or even just put that star on the tree, let it remind you of who you have been made in Christ, a great and wonderful star to shine in forth the world the joy, peace and hope we have in Christ. And shine!