His brightness far exceeds that of the stars above and that of our own making. No matter how accomplished, how talented, how popular, or how rich, we can’t begin to outshine Jesus. He is the only light that matters and He wants us to reflect His light. Let’s do it!
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
The myriad of stars we see on a clear night away from the world’s distracting lights is a sight to remember. One fall night I slept outside our tent, entranced by the heaven’s display of stars, and of meteorites which we call shooting stars. I learned that stars, once they’ve shined in their brilliance, burn out. Like candles, they expend themselves.
The Bible tells us that God sent a brilliant, shining star to direct the wise men to Jesus’ stable. Once they arrived, the special star might have had no more significance, so could have burned out, although its origin and purpose remain an astronomical mystery.
The Bible contains many other references to shining lights. For instance, we are told, metaphorically, to be like shining lights. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Does that mean we should burn out like a star or candle after we’ve prayed for someone? Or shared the Gospel with a stranger? Or advised a friend against an illegal and immoral act?
The Old Testament book of Esther tells of a Jewish woman, whose name means Star, who sacrificed herself for the sake of her people. She chose to be willing to give up her life to do what was right for the sake of others. As a result, her life became a light that could have been extinguished through death, burned out like a candle, but it shone like a great star that will never burn out. The Jewish people still celebrate her heroism.
Esther, as one who shared the throne with the king of Persia, could have chosen to hold onto her high position at the expense of her people. We too have a choice. If we choose to live for the sake of being selfishly comfortable, we may find ourselves dwelling in darkness. But if we are willing to give up our lives for the sake of others—as Esther did and as Jesus did—we will become as great as a shining star that never burns out.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12) We can make the choice of living as a sacrifice for His purpose, knowing He will light the way for us.
Lord, as we sacrifice ourselves for Your sake and the sake of others, keep our lights from flickering and burning out. In Jesus’ name, amen.