Reflections

Do you want to be a Star?

What kid hasn’t dreamed of one day being a star?  As a boy, I dreamed of being Fred Biletnikoff and every time we played football games with the neighbor kids, I imagined myself playing for the Oakland Raiders and catching the winning touchdown pass.  When I played basketball, I was Magic Johnson.  For you, it might have been a movie star or a rock star but at some point, we all want to be good enough at what we do to be recognized for it.

But what does God see as ‘star-worthy’? 

As I have been following the Life Journal reading plan, I read today (August 27) in Revelation 1:20 this: “The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.”

And then in Revelation 2:1 the teaching is repeated: “These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. . . .”

OK, so this passage reads a little strangely and has been interpreted just as strangely, but it does have star-dom written all over it.  See, Jesus is the one speaking in these passages and the angels he holds in his hand are his messengers, his ‘light-bearers’. From whom do the light-bearers derive their light?  From Jesus as he holds them in his hand.  But the Bible says that messengers are not the only ones in God’s hand. Jesus says in John 10:29 that God the Father holds every one of his followers in his hand.  And in every gathering (and in Revelation 1-2 those gatherings are identified as churches) where Jesus is honored and obeyed, he not only is holding the followers but walks among them.  These gatherings don’t have to be large.  In Matthew 18:20, Jesus said that wherever two or three honor him, he’s there with them.  These gatherings could be churches, small groups, or a band of Christ-followers at work who seek to obey Jesus in all things.

You may never catch the winning touchdown or appear on an I-Max screen, but if you’re a follower of Jesus Christ who seeks to obey him, remaining in his hand, God’s light will shine forth from you as he walks among you.  This is a Star we all can be.  This is the type of Star God desires us to be.  As Jesus said: “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

How are you letting your Star shine?  What has been the impact on you? your work? your family? your church?  I’d love to hear your stories and praise our Father in heaven with you!

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