Sunday, June 12th, 2011
Stars Forever And Ever
Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
Daniel 12:3 (NIV)
Who wants to be a shooting star--here one minute and gone the next? Or a falling star? Or a flash in the pan called 'ten minutes of fame in Hollywood?' Where do you go after you've been up?
The law of gravity says down.
Only God's laws overpower man's laws, including gravity. A century ago, the Wright Brothers (a God-incidental name?) helped us understand that the 'Law of Lift' trumps the law of gravity. That's how airplanes fly. It's how people fly, too.
When actors and artists become stars through God's grace, they gain wisdom in the process of rising. They gain fame because they 'shine like the brightness of the heavens.' That's more brilliant than any marquis or billboard in Times Square.
But the 'forever and ever' part is about a legacy. It's what God gave freely to Abraham when He said, 'I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens, and all this land of which I have spoken I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever' (Exodus 32:13).
Jesus extends the legacy to us: 'And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise' (Galatians 3:29).
Here's the thing: If we are stars who belong to Jesus, then we will surely lead many to righteousness. He is righteousness, and He is in us. That's how to be a star forever and ever.