The Stars That Shine Brightly
“You are the light of the world--like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see.”
~ Matthew 5:14
How many of you know the old poem “The Star”? It was published by Jane Taylor and her sister Ann Taylor in London in 1806. The first stanza reads, “Twinkle, twinkle, little star. How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky.” Another stanza reads, “Then the traveler in the dark, Thanks you for your tiny spark, He could not see which way to go, If you did not twinkle so.”
A quote from a crumpled yellowed old newspaper clipping reads, “After all, the lives that do the most for the world are the steady, quiet lives. They are like stars; they just stay in their appointed place and shine with the light God has given them. Meteors shoot brilliantly across the sky, and we exclaim and wonder, but long after they have vanished the stars shine on to guide us.”
Have you known a person that shines brightly “like a diamond in the sky”? Oftentimes, it is said of a person when they walk in a room, the room becomes brighter. Yet, this person has a quiet way about them, and they do not draw attention to themselves. However, they have a light shining from within them. For some people when days are dark they seem to gravitate to this type of person.
When we invite Jesus Christ into our life, we become changed from within. Mason Barge wrote, “When we are baptized we have Christ's light in us, for the Holy Spirit dwells in us.” Jesus tells us in the Book of Matthew that “(we)...are the light of the world”. When we live our lives for Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, we glow like candles burning in windows, and by that we are displaying to others a snapshot of what Christ is like.
When we become a Christian we become like the old newspaper clipping says, we will lead “steady quiet lives”, and stay in His “appointed place and shine with the Light God has given” us. However Jesus warns us not to hide our “light under a basket. Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all.” In other words, let it shine all the time!
In approximately A.D. 61, Paul, when he was imprisoned in Rome, wrote to all the Christians in the city of Philippi the following instructions in the Book of Philippians: “You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of people who are crooked and stubborn. Shine out among them like beacon lights, holding out to them the Word of Life.”(LB)
As followers of Jesus Christ, our lifetime objective ought to be to allow the Light of Him to always shine from within us “like a diamond in the sky”. We should not allow our light to be dimmed and be “put under a bushel”. Millie Stamm wrote, “We have a responsibility to shine wherever God places us, and each of us is important in his particular place.”
Lord God, thank You for allowing Your Light to shine from within us. Help us to always keep this Light turned on in our lives. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington