“In everything you do, act without grumbling or arguing; prove yourselves innocent and straightforward, children of God beyond reproach in the midst of a twisted and depraved generation –among whom you shine like the stars in the sky.” (Philippians 2:14-15)
“We possess the prophetic message as something altogether reliable. Keep your attention closely fixed on it, as you would a lamp shining in a dark place until the first streaks of dawn appear and the morning star rises in your hearts.” (2Peter 1:19-21)
Me, a shining star in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation with the morning star of prophetic witness rising in my heart? It got me to thinking; What if there were no stars? What if all we lived through was darkness as we went around stumbling through life?
Darkness as a spiritual condition is the absence of grace, the emptiness of despair. It’s ignorance. Ignorance of life, my part in that life, the unawareness of others in that darkness, the missing-ness of God. If the heavens were all dark we’d never look up. There would be nothing to see.
The darkness, though, is a bit more complicated. Paul says the twisted and depraved generation exists in a world is a kind of darkness that we inhabit,too. With human nature grotesquely crippled by original sin, it’s paralyzed and contorted, unable to walk to the light. If depraved, then, it is deprived of the wholesomeness of human existence. All is darkness.
We followers of Jesus, the Light of the World, bear his flames to the world. Whether we are blazing or flickering, that light is human light (“John –the light was the light of men and the light shone in the darkness which did not comprehend it.” John 1: 1& ff)
Who sees us shining like stars? God does and so should those who look to Him for guidance and grace. We only see one another; we don’t see God. We Christians ought to be so like the stars so that people, looking at our lives can see something of the glory of God.